Safe Driving Tips for the Fall Season

The fall season is upon us, and with that seasonal change, there are a few things that affect driving: fewer daylight hours, an earlier sunset, holiday parties, and winter weather in many parts of the country. So what can you do to prepare?

Here are a few tips:

  • Prioritize sleep. Drowsy driving is really dangerous but perhaps overlooked in society. Drowsiness impairs your judgement, slows your reaction time, impedes coordination, and interferes with vision. There are many ways you may be able to mitigate drowsy driving, but it mostly comes down to getting a good night of sleep. No amount of coffee or loud car music can replace a good night of sleep. Practice good sleep hygiene, including a set bedtime, limiting the length of naps, and ceasing the use of electronic devices at least 30-60 minutes before bed.
  • Get your vehicle winter ready (if applicable). If you live somewhere that snow and ice are common, then now is the time to get your car ready. Consider winter tires, replace your wiper blades, get the brakes and other components checked out, replace headlight bulbs, and make sure the routine maintenance is up to date.
  • Avoiding holiday DUIs. Holiday parties may create situations where you find yourself driving home after more drinks than you’d usually have. Be alert to this possibility and arrange a sober driver whenever possible. You can also use a ride-hailing app.


These steps may help you prevent a motor vehicle accident this fall season. Although there’s nothing any of us can do to completely eliminate the risk of a crash (other than not driving), there are things you can do to mitigate your risk, and there’s a lot to be said for those efforts.

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