The state of New York is a beautiful place to be during the fall months. In addition to the many sights and sounds, the weather is enjoyable and splendor overtakes the foliage.

As the fall weather arrives, your approach to driving should change. With a variety of unique conditions having the potential to challenge you, it’s imperative to plan for anything that could come your way.

Here are a handful of driving tips that can keep you safe this fall:

  • Be ready for sun glare: Just because summer is gone doesn’t mean the sun will diminish in intensity. You may come to find that sun glare is just as bad during the fall, especially during the early morning hours. Protect against this with your sunshade and polarized sunglasses.
  • Watch for wet leaves: After the leaves change color it won’t be long before they’re all over the roads. Hard braking on wet leaves can be every bit as slippery as ice, so take extra caution.
  • Slow down in the rain: The fall months will bring rain to the area, so you need to prepare for this in advance. If the rain begins to fall, slow down and leave more space between vehicles.
  • Inspect your vehicle: From the battery to the windshield wipers, you need to carefully inspect your vehicle before the cold and wet fall and winter weather arrives. If you don’t have the knowledge and skill to do so on your own, consult with a professional mechanic.
  • Get used to driving at night: The sun will slowly begin to set earlier, so you may find yourself driving in the dark more often than you would like. If you’re not comfortable with this, change your schedule to avoid nighttime driving.

It’s good to understand the many changes you can make to drive more safely during the fall months. Conversely, you shouldn’t assume that every other driver is taking the same steps as you.

If another person causes a car accident this fall, don’t hesitate to take these important steps:

  • Move your vehicle out of harm’s way
  • Check yourself and your passengers for injuries
  • Call 911
  • Receive medical treatment
  • Review the police report
  • Contact your insurance company

By taking all these steps, you’re in better position to protect your legal rights and to hold the negligent driver responsible for their actions.