Car Maintenance and Driving: Prepare for the Fall

Preparing for Fall | Chattanooga, TN

While many people think that winter is the most dangerous season for driving, it’s important to know that autumn can be hazardous as well. Wet leaves, fog, and sun glare can cause serious issues, especially if you’re not prepared or if you’ve fallen behind on your car’s maintenance. From changing your driving habits to performing routine service, there are tons of easy ways to drive into the changing seasons well-prepared.

According to Safe Bee, one of the most important things to remember is to avoid braking on leaves. Leaves can be almost as slippery as ice, and they can also prevent you from seeing lane markers. If you do have to drive over leaves, do so slowly and carefully, especially on curvy roads.

Sunlight can also be a major issue, especially because the sun tends to set and rise earlier as winter approaches. You should be prepared with a quality pair of sunglasses, but also be sure to keep your windshield clean and smudge-free. If possible, adjusting your commute to a route that runs north to south can mitigate this issue.

Fog can be particularly hazardous in the fall, especially after it rains. You should never use your high beams in the fog, as it can reflect back towards you and dramatically reduce visibility. Only use low beams, and consider slowing your driving speed significantly.

Fall is a beautiful time of year, and all of us at Capital Toyota want to make sure you enjoy it safely. If you’re due for maintenance or want to look into glare-reduction options, stop by our service department and let our experienced staff take care of your ride.