Fall is an exceptionally beautiful time of year in North Carolina. In fact, the vast mountain ranges offer some of the most vibrant and longest-running fall seasons in the world. However, while there’s plenty of breathtaking colors take in this autumn, motorists must remember that the changing season means that they should adjust their driving for new hazards on the road. To ensure you stay safe on the road this autumn, here are a few ways you can prepare yourself:

Watch out for leaves

The one downfall of the trees shedding their leaves in the fall is that they start to litter the roads. Wet leaves can be just as dangerous to drive on as ice, and leaf piles might obscure lanes or other road hazards like bumps or potholes. The changing leaves also draw many tourists to the area who drive slowly to admire the views, so practice extra caution when commuting in autumn.

Slow down in school zones

While the pandemic has changed the way children attend school, school is still back in session this fall. Children can act unpredictably in school zones or bus stops, such as running across the street without looking both ways. Remember to abide by the speed limit in school zones and use caution around school buses.

Don’t be a deer in headlights

In November, drivers are 3.5 times more likely to hit an animal while driving – especially deer since it’s their mating season. According to a 2009 study from State Farm, 1 out of every 76 people making an insurance claim in North Carolina had hit an animal. Keep your eye out for deer-crossing signs and avoid speeding to ensure you have time to react if you encounter a critter.

Check your tire pressure

As temperatures start to fall, the shift can cause your tires to lose air rapidly. Your tires lose one pound per square inch of pressure for every 10 degrees the temperature lowers. By getting in the habit of checking your tire pressure when the air cools down, you can ensure your tires survive the season.