school-busYou’ve likely noticed the changes on the road – more drivers, more congestion, and more school buses in the morning and afternoon. For drivers, fall means adjusting your behavior to this new set of hazards to avoid getting in an accident.

Unpredictable Weather

The mornings may have plenty of sun – enough to blind you when you face it – while the evenings become cold, dark, and rainy. This transitional season means you have to be prepared for practically any scenario imaginable, from frost to heat to heavy storms.

Back to School Traffic

Your summer commutes to work went along so quickly. Now, you have to contend with parents driving their children to school, more buses on the road, and far more stops and drop-offs. As well, it’s not just the vehicles you need to be concerned about – fall sees more pedestrians by the sidewalk, too. As such, be alert as you drive in and beat the evening rush hour, as you’ll be making frequent stops and dealing with congested roads.


Fog’s more likely to occur in fall, especially in the mornings. As you know, this condition significantly reduces visibility and changes your perception of distance.

If you have to drive in fog, it’s recommended that you take it slow and put on your low beams.

Frost and Ice

As fall approaches winter, temperatures drop, and frost and ice start to form. While you’ll scrape it off your car in the morning, you additionally need to be mindful of it as you’re traveling. These icy surfaces have a greater chance of forming on bridges and in shaded areas.

Leaves and Leaf Peepers

The changing leaves might look beautiful, but they’re actually associated with multiple hazards:

  • Accumulating over potholes and uneven surfaces on the road.
  • Becoming slick after a rain storm.
  • Attracting leaf peepers, who arrive from out of state to drive slowly on the roads.

In all, take precautions regarding which scenario lies ahead.

Sun Glare

The days might be shorter, but the sun becomes more intense. As a result, “sun glare” obscures your vision partially, making it harder to see pedestrians, other motorists, and oncoming traffic.


Fall marks the start of mating, migration, and hunting season. These creatures, in response, are more likely to come out of the woods and be by the roads.

What can drivers do? Be watchful, especially at night, and understand you might spot one attempting to cross the road.

Shorter Days

Daylight saving time means you’ll be driving more often in darkness. Adjust your habits to this condition, such as driving a bit slower, using your lights, and giving other motorists more space.

Even when you follow the rules of the road, however, accidents still may happen. When you find yourself facing a major claim, bring it to the attention of Trantolo & Trantolo’s attorneys. Contact any of our Connecticut locations for more information.