People get their driver’s licenses all the time. To get a license, learners must pass an evaluation and road safety quiz and a driving test, but many people get their license despite having little driving experience. Many people learn to drive in the summer and never experience sudden weather shifts and hazardous roads, so many new drivers aren’t experienced with the changes.
One of the first changes of the year for new drivers is fall weather. Fall weather can be unsuspecting for new drivers, but the truth is that there are many dangers when the seasons change. Here’s what you should know:
Avoid leaf patches
As a new driver, you’ll find that many roads are covered in leaves. Even streets that are cleared of leaves may still have piles of leaves on the side of the road. Whether it’s a pile of leaves or a flat patch of leaves, driving on leaves could spell trouble.
Many of these leaf piles are wet and slick. Just walking on a wet pile of leaves could cause a person to slip – and car tires may easily lose traction. Cars that can’t keep traction on the road are prone to causing accidents and injuring drivers and passengers.
Watch for potholes
Beginning drivers often learn quickly that hitting a pothole doesn’t feel great and can eventually degrade their vehicle. When fall comes around, new drivers may believe they’re seeing fewer potholes, but they may be obscured. Rainwater and leaves can easily fill potholes, causing unexpected bumps, and sometimes damaging a car enough to drive erratically into others.
If you were recently injured in an auto accident that was caused by another driver’s mistake, you may need to know your options to recover fair compensation.