As summer leaves turn beautiful hues of red, orange and yellow, autumn is upon us. What with the dark mornings and nights, wind, rain and fallen leaves, autumn can be a difficult time of year when it comes to driving from dazzling sunlight to the first icy windscreens.
But before you hit the road this autumn, here are some handy tips.
- Watch out for leaves – they might look pretty but freshly fallen leaves can cause all sorts of road hazards, especially wet leaves which can cause your car to skid.
- Check your wiper blades are in good condition; they should be replaced once a year and will clear your windscreen and prevent sunlight dazzle.
- Make sure your washer fluid is topped up to prevent a smeared windscreen, especially if gritters have been out.
- As autumn is often the wettest season of the year in terms of flooding, be aware of standing water and heavy downpours.
- Check your tyres for tread depth, condition and pressure, although roads maybe not be icy yet, they are slippery and wet during autumn.
- Keep a pair of sunglasses handy to help with glare from sunlight on roads.
- Check all your bulbs are in working order, you’ll need them with the dark days coming in.
- Allow time in the morning for your car to warm up to get rid of condensation before driving.
- And lastly, keep an autumn emergency kit in your car in case of breakdowns.