We have another round of Autumn Driving Tips for you today! This time around, we are going to focus on how to handle the excess of debris and stray leaves while on the road. They can pose a danger to your vehicle, as well as your safety this season, so read on to help keep the roads a safer place!
We all know that Autumn means leaves. The tree’s shed their outer coats just as our dogs start to regrow theirs, and it causes extra work for our lawns, road upkeep, and driving. Fall often means rainy days, and wet leaves are a huge danger to drivers who aren’t careful. Wet leaves can be just as slippery as ice, leading to no traction and an uncontrollable vehicle. So watch out for wet leaves on the road, and be sure to break carefully. Leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front of you when slowing down. And wet leaves can get stuck to your tires, so be extra careful when taking off too.
We’ve all heard the terrifying stories about children getting run over by vehicles while playing in a pile of street leaves. So it goes without saying, don’t drive through leaf piles if you can help it! It helps keep others safe and then you won’t get stuck with leaves rotting in the underside of your vehicle.
This seems like an obvious one, but when there’s extra debris on the road, like leaves, be sure to pay extra attention to the road. Leaves can cover up lane lines, shoulders, and other road markers. Leaves can also make it looks like there’s solid road when there isn’t. So just pay extra attention and drive carefully on leaf-covered roadways.
Toyota offers some options that help with identifying dangerous driving situations, like sonar. The blind spot monitor also can help in situations where you don’t want to be too close to the nearest vehicle. And finally, the birds eye view camera that aids in turning and parking in sticky situations. All of these technologies can be useful in Autumn driving situations, as well as All Wheel Drive. See what we have in stock and don’t forget to follow Cedar Rapids Toyota on social media!