Fall is an amazing time of year. The oppressive humidity is gone, the aesthetic is beautiful, and it's just a perfect transition season. But every year, things pop up to remind us that every season has its own driving perils, and fall is definitely among them - nearly as bad as winter.Β 

Kids:Β Aren't they around all year long? Well, yes. But in the fall they're changing their routine, and kids can take a while to get into routines. They are getting on and off buses on major roads, and even with all the reminders to look both ways, EVEN if the driver has waved to them or the flashing red lights are on, they don't. And some drivers seem very offended by these buses and start to drive very aggressively to get past them. Both require some extra attention. Kids are playing outside in the beautiful weather, and with the light fading earlier, they can be tougher to see in the late afternoon. And Halloween is a night when EVERY driver needs to be on high alert.

Leaves and Animals: Leaves are very slippery when wet, and during the fall, most roads have a layer of oil and grime. When it rains, all those leaves and grime make the pavement slick. When driving on wet leaves, it's important to drive as if you're on snow, and stay alert.This is also the season when most people hit deer. Deer mate in October and November, so plan to see more of them active, especially at dusk. Little critters can also dart out into the road indiscriminately as they prepare for winter, so keep your eyes peeled. It's not worth crashing over a squirrel!

Light: Fall sunsets are glorious, but driving INTO them can be a nightmare. It seems like summer should be worse, but during fall, the sun is closer to the horizon, and that means it's often pointed straight into your eyes, and it's reflecting off buildings, cars, and windows. Sunglasses and visors barely make a dent if you're driving the right way at the right time. So what can you do? Keep your sunglasses handy (some help is better than none), try to time your routes to avoid the worst, and make sure your windshield is as clean as it can be, because streaks will be magnified. And be aware - when people can't see, they'll go slow and brake more often, so watch out for other cars around you.

Weather: We just had a cold snap, and my social media feed was full of "I went outside this morning and my tire pressure lights were on! What happened?" The weather happened. In the summer and winter, when the weather is consistent, most tires will hold their pressure. But the fall is full of warm days and cold nights, and while this makes absolutely beautiful foliage, it causes the air pressure to fluctuate. Itself, this isn't a huge deal. The pressure will be noted on a decal on the driver's side door, and it's easy to check and fill. But unless your car is equipped with an automatic warning, keep an eye on your pressure.