Safety Tips for Fall Driving in Nova Scotia – New Season, New Injury Hazards

Safety Tips from Halifax’s Injury Lawyers:

Summer is now behind us, and with Autumn comes crisper air, changing colors, and many different factors that affect driving conditions. From rapidly changing weather to heavier traffic on city streets, there are many things to keep in mind when transitioning from Summer to Fall driving.

Here are some helpful tips to make sure you are well prepared for Fall driving.

Check your vehicle:

Whether it’s making sure your tires are properly inflated or your fluids are at proper levels, making sure your vehicle’s equipment is functioning properly is very important to cautious driving in the fall. This is especially important as we Canadians know that Autumn can give way to Winter at a moment’s notice, and when that happens, you want your vehicle to be winter-ready. Be sure to make note of the following:

  1. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have proper traction.
  2. If you are changing from summer to winter tires, make sure to have your tires switched in advance of likely snowfall or icy conditions.
  3. Make sure your fluids (oil, transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid) are at good levels.
  4. Make sure your wipers are functioning properly for frosty conditions.

Be cautious of leaves on the road:

Fallen leaves can become a serious driving hazard, especially with wet road conditions. Be cautious as fallen leaves build up and temperatures drop. To avoid injury hazards, be sure to maintain appropriate speeds and braking distances.

Be aware of increased vehicle traffic:

With the Autumn comes heavier rush hours as most people have returned from vacation. With increased congestion on the roads, be extra vigilant, cautious, and patient during rush hours.

Be aware of increased pedestrian traffic:

The arrival of Autumn also means schools are back in session. Always be aware of increased pedestrian traffic in the Fall, and particularly when driving near schools. Familiarize yourself with school districts in your area. Keep an eye out for crossing guards and crossing-flags at various intersections around Halifax and the surrounding area.

Driving on Halloween:

Use the utmost diligence if driving on the evening of Halloween, as dusk may arrive on even the earliest trick-or-treaters. Reduce speed as appropriate and use extra caution driving in residential areas, as many pedestrians will be crossing the road in non-designated areas and may not be wearing reflective clothing. Some more Halloween driving saftey tips can be found here.

These tips should help in having a safe and fun Fall season for you and your family. However, accidents and injuries can happen even to the most cautious drivers and pedestrians. If you find yourself in an accident as either a driver, passenger, pedestrian, or cyclist, it is important to be aware of the proper steps to take.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident or has sustained an injury, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced injury lawyers at Valent Legal at 902 443-4488 for a free consultation. Valent Legal represents injured persons in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.

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