In the blink of an eye, summer’s drawing to a close. Even if you’ve had your eyes shut since May, you wouldn’t have missed much, as in true form it’s been a traditionally wet British summer.
Despite frequent “threats” that a flash heatwave is on the way, the turning of the leaves and shorter daylight hours show that autumn is undoubtedly nearing.
Here are some top tips for driving in autumnal conditions…
As the trees start to shed their leaves on the road it can make driving slippery, causing you to lose control. Take extra care on tree-lined streets and country roads and increase your stopping distances to account for potential skidding.
The low sun in the cooler months can make driving difficult. Rather than squinting, keep some sunglasses in the glove compartment and use your car’s sun visor.
According to wildlife experts, October and November is rutting season. This is the time stags and bucks rut antlers as they aggressively vie for the affection of female deer.
Deer rutting, although a spectacular sight in nature, means there are a lot more of them about. In fact, more than 42,000 deer are killed on the roads each year, the AA reports.
Watch out for deer warnings, be prepared to make an emergency stop and take added care, particularly on country lanes.
Although it may not yet be winter, the temperatures can drop without warning. If it’s sunny and warm on a Monday, there’s no guarantee there won’t be ice on a Tuesday.
Keep an eye on your car’s temperature gauge and if things look to be dropping below five degrees, prepare yourself for any transparent “black ice” on the road.