Car Accidents on the Rise During Autumn
Different types of accidents and injuries are more prevalent at different times of the year. During the autumn, an assortment of unique factors combine to create the perfect storm, resulting in a sharp rise in injuries.
In this blog, we explore some reasons behind this rise and offer some advice on how to avoid them!
1) Slippery Road Conditions
The mix of fallen leaves and rain can lead to serious problems for drivers across Northern Ireland. Under these conditions, a small patch of wet leaves can be as deadly as ice. Leaves can also hide potholes and other hazards that are normally visible. Many motorists frequently underestimate these dangers and misjudge stopping times whenever they’re driving during the autumn. It is best to take extra care whenever you encounter fallen leaves on the road. It’s best that you slow down in order to give yourself additional time to react.
2) Shorter Daylight Hours
Shorter daylight hours along with Daylight Savings Time changes have been linked to an increase in car accidents. According to research conducted on the subject, disruptions to our sleeping cycle can cause drowsiness. Coupling this with darker conditions increases the chances of being involved in a road traffic accident. We have previously explored the dangers of drowsy driving, and the condition shouldn’t be underestimated. As autumn conditions create additional obstacles, you should pay extra attention to your mental state in order to avoid an accident.
Fog is prevalent during the autumn, making it far more difficult for drivers to see. Whether it’s the city or the countryside, the lack of visibility in foggy conditions can significantly increase your chances of being involved in a car accident. This danger is amplified if conditions are wet or icy. It is best to wait for thick fog to clear before heading out. Alternatively, make sure to use your fog lights and drive more slowly to ensure you can stop more quickly.