We live here in Michigan and as the seasons change so will our driving conditions. Fall is upon us and the temperature changes during the course of a day are drastic. The sun warms everything up during the day, then at night the temperature cools off. Dew and fog develops, making the roadway wet and slippery, and the fog makes it hard to see while driving. Roadways hold the heat longer than other surfaces, which brings animals seeking it’s warmth, especially deer, and with hunting season starting October 1st, deer will be extremely active. As the season gets closer to winter we can encounter frost, sleet, and snow on the road at unexpected times also. This impacts our job sites also. We are all aware that we start early in the morning and that has it’s own challenges. We need to be aware of these hazards as we travel or drive on our job sites.
Things that help with your driving:
•Ensure that you get plenty of sleep.
•Listen to your weather report for the next day to help plan your drive into work.
•Drive with your low beams on in the fog.
•It is also a good idea to have safety triangles or flares in your vehicle in case it becomes disabled.
•Reduce your speed when there are elements that can impact your vision and reaction time.
•Ensure your vehicle has received proper maintenance recently. For example, tire pressure, window wiper blades, head lights and tail lights working properly, etc.