As summer comes to an end, the transition to fall presents its own set of challenges to drivers, and motor carriers should be proactive in communicating these hazards to the fleet.
Naturally, during this time the air starts to become cooler, precipitation increases, and days become shorter. Fall also brings with it the return to school, harvest season, and an increase in animal activity due to hunting and mating seasons. Each of these hazards poses the risk of a critical crash, specifically a rear-end, run under, loss of control, or lane change crash. These four crash types may occur less frequently than, say, a backing or hitting a stationary object crash, but critical crashes typically result in severe losses, such as serious injury, death, or high dollar claims.
Below are common fall driving hazards to share with drivers. Please take the time to discuss these seasonal risks to help prevent critical crashes.
Fatigue, adverse weather, and reduced visibility are hazards associated with the end of daylight savings time.
Remind drivers to get plenty of rest, keep windows and mirrors clean, and plan for weather delays.
Slow moving farm vehicles on rural roads and highways are common this time of year. These vehicles may be less conspicuous to see and often make sudden movements off-road or into fields. Remind drivers to be patient and not to pass a farm vehicle unless it is safe and legal to do so.
Back to School
Expect the unexpected around bus stops and school zones. With children running around, vehicles dropping off and picking up students, and lower speed limits in these areas, back to school time can present many challenges. Remind drivers to be extra vigilant, slow down, and be prepared to stop suddenly.
This time of year will see an increase of deer and other animals crossing the roads. Remind drivers that the best option to avoid a loss of control crash is to be attentive to the road ahead, slow down to increase reaction time, and hit the animal (if necessary) if it is blocking the road.
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