Now that fall is officially here, many drivers in Houston, Texas, are wondering what steps they need to take to avoid a collision. At Santa Ana Body Shop, we understand the importance of safe driving, so we’ve laid lout some tips to help you drive safely and avoid a collision this season:
- Reduce Your Driving Speed
As trees shed their leaves this season, be sure to reduce your driving speed. As leaves accumulate on the roadways, they can easily form a slick surface. This can cause your car to slide if you are driving too quickly. To prevent a collision, be sure to reduce your speed, especially in areas with a lot of trees or leaves on the ground.
- Keep an Eye Out in Residential Areas
Fall is the season where children like to gather up and jump into large piles of leaves. When driving in residential areas, be sure to pay extra attention. Reduce your speed and avoid driving too closely to sidewalks so you can be able to react to any children that unexpectedly step out onto the road.
- Be Mindful of the Sun
With the time change around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the intense sun during your morning commute. If you drive toward the sun, it can be extremely difficult to see with the bright light in your eyes. Purchase an affordable pair of sunglasses to keep in your car at all times this season. Should the sun make it difficult to see, simply put on your sunglasses to help reduce glare.
- Check Your Headlights
Just as you’re preparing to face the sun during your drive to work, also be prepared to drive in darker conditions on your way home. Be sure your headlights are working at their best to allow other drivers on the road to see you and avoid a dangerous collision.
- Check Your Defrosters
As temperatures cool down, you’ll notice more frost accumulating on your windshield. Without your defrosters, it can be impossible to see clearly when driving and create dangerous driving conditions. Be sure to have your defrosters tested this season to make sure they will be able to effectively clear up your windshield.
As the seasons change, it’s important to consider how you can drive safely and avoid a collision. These tips can help keep you safe all season long. For expert auto body work and collision repair, give Santa Ana Body Shop a call at our West 34th St location at (713) 956-0524 or our Jones Road location at (281) 916-2001.