As the colorful autumn leaves cascade from trees and the scent of pumpkin spice fills the air, many might not realize that fall is the season of increased car accidents. With the assumption that icy winter roads would be the prime culprit, it might come as a surprise to learn that, as reported by CARFAX, for more than 72% of U.S. drivers, fall tops the chart as the peak season for accidents.
Data reveals a startling fact that tens of millions of U.S. drivers find themselves right in the midst of what they term “Danger Season.” But what makes fall the most accident-prone period for a staggering 170 million drivers?
Deer mating season, from October to December, is another concern. Almost half of deer-car collisions take place in these mere three months. Intriguingly, one study showed a 16% surge in such incidents in the week post the Daylight Saving Time conclusion in November, due to earlier sunsets
One significant reason experts highlight is the dwindling daylight hours. With days shortening, more driving occurs in the darker hours. This is concerning as drivers face a doubled risk of accidents during the dark than in daylight. To offer more clarity, 50% of U.S. accidents take place during these dimmed hours, though they represent only 25% of total travel.
Fall’s beauty can be deceptive. Wet, fallen leaves can transform roads into treacherous paths. When drivers brake on these slick leaves, cars can skid, traveling a distance more than twice as long compared to a dry surface.
To better navigate the challenging fall season, you should:
By understanding the unique challenges that fall presents on the roads, you are better equipped to safeguard yourself and others. Remember, awareness combined with proactive measures not only reduces the risk of accidents but also ensures a smoother and safer driving experience. As the season unfolds with its beauty and challenges, let it be a reminder to approach every journey with caution and care. Drive safe and enjoy the scenic wonders of autumn responsibly!
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