From the deserts to the mountains in Arizona, autumn places new demands on drivers. The changing season alters driving conditions, and back-to-school activities increase traffic and the presence of pedestrians. Fall also entices tourists on to the highways to enjoy the scenery. To reduce the seasonal risks of accidents, conscientious drivers take care of simple vehicle maintenance tasks and exercise greater caution behind the wheel.
Colder nighttime temperatures and warm afternoons impact air pressure in tires. Tire pressure should be checked and adjusted to recover from expansion and contraction caused by shifting temperatures. Colder temperatures mean that bridges might be icy late at night or in the early morning. Drivers need to slow down in case their vehicles encounter slick roadways. Frost needs to be cleared completely from vehicle windows so that drivers can see. Fog could also arise in low areas, and drivers must slow down in foggy conditions and never use high beam lights because they reduce visibility.
Sun glare gets worse in autumn, and it can temporarily blind drivers and lead to accidents. Glare hazards can make traffic lights difficult to see, and drivers should approach these intersections with caution. Washing the windshield inside and out also eliminates smudges and streaks that can enhance glare.
Despite the best efforts of careful drivers, sometimes the recklessness of another motorist causes a crash. Injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents can result in the need for expensive medical care and treatment. Victims might want to have legal assistance when seeking compensation from the at-fault driver, either through a settlement with the motorist's insurance company or through a personal injury lawsuit.