Although many people in Pennsylvania think of fall as one of the calmer seasons of the year, it does not mean that it’s free of road risks. Fall brings its own types of hazardous to the road, so drivers must understand not only what to look out for but also how to prevent accidents from occurring.

School zones

While children are in school during the fall season, the risks of being involved in motor vehicle accidents remain relatively high. There are a couple of reasons for this. One includes the fact that you are more likely to run into less-experienced drivers around school zones. Parents might even send their teenage drivers to drive and pick up younger siblings. According to national driver statistics, teenagers are much more likely to get involved or cause an accident. If possible, it is important to avoid school zones.

Fall brings darkness quicker

During fall, Pennsylvania residents will lose an hour of light due to the end of daylight saving time. According to the National Safety Council, this causes drivers to have to deal with darker streets, brighter lights from cars and compromised peripheral vision due to the low light. Therefore, it is important to avoid driving late in the afternoon, thus helping you to avoid being involved in these dangerous situations.

Fall leaves

Although leaves changing color and falling to the ground may look nice, it can also create a dangerous situation for drivers. Autumn produces falling leaves and wet conditions. When these two things are combined, they pose a risk to drivers as they weaken wheels’ traction. Avoid losing control by minding your speed as you go around sharp turns.

Although utilizing the tips posted above can help you reduce the chances of being involved in an accident, the fact is that anything can happen. If you find yourself injured in a motor vehicle accident, an attorney may be able to help you file a personal injury claim.