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Be careful driving on the road this fall

Fall is a beautiful time to be in New Hampshire, as the leaves are turning and become particularly beautiful in October. Fall, however, also comes with some elevated risks for drivers as weather conditions become more and more unpredictable. You might be out driving on a beautiful afternoon when it suddenly turns cold and rainy. The days are shorter too, which means that you will be more likely to drive in darkness on your way to work in the morning and on your way home in the evening.

As beautiful as fall leaves are, they are also falling on the roadway, bringing extra risks to drivers. Fall leaves can obscure traffic lanes and other markings on the pavement. They can also obscure potholes and other kinds of roadway hazards. Wet leaves on the road are also slippery and can cause vehicles to slide out of control.

Fall leaves also attract leaf peepers, drivers who are paying more attention to the beautiful leaves than they are to the roadway. One way to spot a leaf peeper is to notice that they are driving very slowly and driving a car with out-of-state license plates.

Fall is back-to-school time, which brings more traffic to the roadway during your early morning commute. There will also be more pedestrians as children are walking to school during the morning and afternoon hours.

Fall rains also represent added risks on the road, especially the first rain of the season. The first rain will release built up oil and dust that has accumulated over the dry summer months.

There are other dangers too, like fog, frost, deer and more sun glare during the early evening hours. New Hampshire drivers are asked to stay careful this fall season. Be aware of increased risks and avoid car accidents by driving defensively and attentively.

Source: Esurance, "Dangers of Fall Driving," accessed Sep. 28, 2015

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