As an autobody repair shop, we’ve come to appreciate the fact that different types of car accidents are more common during the different seasons of the year. With that in mind, here are some fall seasonal road hazards we’d like everyone in Southeast Massachusetts to be aware of:
Leaves & Leaf Peepers
The radiant fall foliage is truly one of nature’s marvels. But once those colorful leaves fall, land on the pavement, and get wet, they’re as slippery as ice. Exercise caution when driving on leaf-covered roads – and be hypervigilant in case other drivers aren’t paying enough attention to the road conditions.
Leaf Peepers are those drivers who can be found in more rural parts of Southeast Massachusetts to take in the scenery. They drive slowly and erratically, which can lead to accidents. Be aware and take appropriate precautions.
Deer – Especially at Dawn & Dusk
White tail deer mate in the fall. This means these large creatures are more likely to be wandering around, not being especially carefully about being on the road as they are looking for a chance to breed. Car-deer collisions are most common in the autumn, most often at dawn and dusk.
Hitting a deer can cause a significant amount of damage to your car. This damage isn’t always immediately apparent and visible, so it’s very important to have your car thoroughly inspected at a collision repair center after an accident. That way any issues that could impact the safe operation of the car can be immediately addressed.
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Back to School Traffic
Even though school happens every year, and even though school busses have been part of autumn mornings since practically forever, there are still those drivers who will be surprised by their appearance. Mornings are especially risky, with another time to be especially cautious happening mid-afternoon, when kids are being brought home from school. This change in traffic patterns unfortunately debuts just as the days are getting shorter.