3 Tips For Managing And Preventing Autumn Roadside Emergencies

Every season comes with its own unique challenges for drivers, and autumn is no exception. As summer fades into the distance and winter rapidly approaches, it's more important than ever to remain safe and vigilant on the road. Unfortunately, the beauty of fall weather can often lull drivers into a false sense of security, especially when traveling long distances.

If you're planning a trip during the fall or early winter, consider these three essential tips to stay safe on the road and minimize the disruption of roadside emergencies.

1. Check (And Change) Your Tires

There are about 220 million flat tires annually in the United States alone. Road conditions in the fall can often deteriorate as the ground cools and contracts, causing more potholes and cracks. While winter often exacerbates these problems, they begin once temperatures start to drop. Keeping your tires at the proper pressure and checking for damage can help prevent flat tires on your trip.

You may also want to consider replacing your summer tires with snow tires a little earlier if you're taking a long trip. Road conditions can change unexpectedly, especially if you're traveling across multiple states or different elevations. Snow tires can help keep you safe and ensure that you don't find yourself stuck on the side of the road.

2. Pack for Unpredictable Weather

It's pretty easy to know what to expect during the winter and the summer. However, fall weather can be much more unpredictable. If you're traveling long distances, you may find yourself stuck in an area where you must wait a while for roadside assistance to show up. While this extra time may not matter on warmer fall days, it can become an issue when temperatures drop suddenly.

Even if it's warm and sunny when you set out, pack a few essentials for colder weather. Keep an emergency blanket along with some sweaters and jackets in your car. These items will take up a little extra space, but they can help keep you warm and comfortable if you suffer a breakdown or mishap on a chilly fall night.

3. Watch for Hazards

There are more hazards in the fall than you might expect. In particular, fallen leaves can create a slippery environment while obscuring other dangers, such as cracks and potholes. Stay alert on fall roads, even if they seem relatively dry and safe. Animals such as deer and squirrels may also be more active this season, presenting additional challenges.

If you need to pull off the road for an emergency, keep yourself aware of your surroundings, especially at night. Heavy leaf coverage can make it difficult to see curbs or even areas where the roadside may transition into a ditch. Make sure you watch for these hazards while choosing a safe location to wait for a tow truck to arrive.

Contact a local company to learn more about roadside assistance.

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