TransOptions Newsletter

Fall 2012 Driving Tips: Stay Alert!

Fall ushers in changing road and driving conditions. Some safety tips to keep in mind:

Daylight Savings

Daylight hours get shorter as we approach the end of daylight saving time on November 4, 2012. Be extra diligent of pedestrians and cyclists, especially in the morning and early evening when visibility is limited.

Deer Season Begins

Studies from the Department of Environmental Protection indicate that the peak of deer mating season in New Jersey runs from late October through December. Watch for deer, especially at dawn and dusk when they're most active. 

Suggestions for motorists during deer season are:

  • Stay Alert – Be observant, especially where deer-crossing signs are posted.  Deer are creatures of habit and often use the same paths.
  • Slow Down – Drive more slowly in deer crossing areas.  When you see a deer crossing the road, go slowly because frequently more deer are following. 
  • Use High Beams – High beams give you greater visibility enhancing your reaction time.  Keep your headlights clean and aligned.
  • Don’t Tailgate – The driver in front of you may need to stop suddenly to avoid hitting a deer.
  • Don’t Swerve – If you see a deer, brake firmly and stay in your lane.  Swerving can cause you to lose control or your vehicle or strike another vehicle or object on the road.

Accumulated Leaves

Piles of leaves can hide potholes and uneven road surfaces. Driving on wet leaves is a hazard that can cause skidding.

Check tire pressure

Tires expand and contract with temperature changes. Fully inflated tires are most fuel efficient.