30 Sep Preparing for Fall and Winter Driving
As the weather cools down and the leaves begin to change, Missourians recognize sure signs of incoming fall and winter weather. Long-range winter forecasts are predicting a slow start to our winter season with temperatures remaining mild for the rest of the year, interrupted by only a few dispersed cold snaps. This is good news for drivers because it means battling fewer dangerous road conditions. However, Tiger Towing knows how unpredictable Missouri weather can be, so we have a few tips to help drivers stay safe in treacherous fall and winter conditions.
With the transition into the fall season comes shorter days and the end of Daylight Savings Time. This means while we get to enjoy an extra hour of sleep, sunrise and sunset come earlier than we’re used to in the summer months. Drivers commuting to work can experience limited visibility due to fog and glare in the mornings, and should be prepared to make the trip home from work as darkness is beginning to fall. Tiger Towing recommends keeping your windshield clean and having your headlights inspected to ensure they are fully functional and not cloudy, dim or extinguished, to assist you in low visibility situations.
According to the Missouri Department of Insurance, more car accidents with deer occur in the months of October and November than any other time of year in this state. Deer are most active in the fall season due to their mating and migrating patterns and can be difficult to see and stop for when they dart across roads. Drivers should be observant and watchful at all times of day, but especially at night and when driving in wooded areas or near treelines. As an added precaution, you may wish to place a deer whistle on your vehicle to alert deer and reduce the risk of a collision. In case of a collision which renders your vehicle undriveable, Tiger Towing provides 24-hour towing and accident removal services.
While a warmer fall and late winter mean slim chances for snow before the New Year, we should instead expect more rain than we’re used to. In the event of a cold snap, drivers could experience slick roads as a result of sleet and ice. Keep necessities like antifreeze, ice-melting windshield washer fluid and a windshield scraper in your vehicle to keep it safely driveable in cold weather, and consider having tires with increased traction for winter conditions installed. On wet, cold days, plan extra time for traveling, turn off cruise control and take it slow to avoid losing control on slippery roads. As always, Tiger Towing is on call at all times to assist drivers in the event of an accident. After contacting police, give us a call and we will dispatch a tow truck to your location immediately.
Driving in changing weather conditions can be challenging, especially in the colder months of the year. By taking precautions to make your vehicle as safe as possible and remaining alert to changing conditions, you can reduce your risk for an accident this fall and winter. However, even the most careful and prepared drivers can experience an accident due to limited visibility, increased deer activity, dangerous road conditions and more. If you are involved in an accident this season, trust Tiger Towing to come to your assistance quickly and safely.