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Fall hazards Wisconsin drivers should be aware of

In a prior post, we noted how the fall weather can lead football fans to be on the highway during the season, and how drowsy driving can be dangerous during that time. With this post, we focus on additional hazards that can come about because of the change in weather and other factors that are apparent during the fall.

Drivers across Wisconsin should be aware of the following hazards.

Fall foliage – Indeed, the fall colors can be a sight to see, which brings about many admirers who stop and take pictures or take walking tours. But for drivers, falling leaves that cover roads or get wet during a rain storm can make roads slippery. Even more dangerous, an early morning frost can freeze leaves into an icy sheet that can be hazardous to drivers.

Fog – One of the common signs of fall is morning fog. Essentially, the process of cool mornings giving way to warm days produces fog in low lying areas that are surrounded by hills and mountains. Drivers tend to use their high beams when driving through foggy areas. However, this could be hazardous as the lights may not penetrate the dense moisture.

Sun glare – The sun’s position in the sky in the early morning and the late afternoon could be blinding for seconds at a time. This could create significant hazards for drivers as well as pedestrians.

Deer – Fall is also migrating season for deer. So in the search for a suitable winter home, many deer will cross roads that they normally don’t travel across; especially at night. 

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