Autumn in Colorado is beautiful as the trees turn a mixture of yellows, oranges and reds. It’s a reminder that winter and the first snowfalls are just around the corner with all that entails for drivers.
But it’s important to remember that autumn too brings challenges for road users. Here are some steps you can take to stay safe:
Check your windscreen wipers
Wiper blades wear out leaving them less capable of wiping cleanly across the surface. That can increase glare when you pass cars going the other way with their lights on or drive into a setting sun. Replace your blades if needed and ensure your cleaner fluid reservoir is topped up.
Check your tires
Depending on where exactly you live and drive, you might need to use snow tires or chains in winter. Until then, ensuring your tires retain adequate grip should be enough. Remember it will be cheaper to replace them early than leave it too late and crash as a result. Running your tires at the correct pressure will also increase safety.
Check your lights
Modern cars come with powerful lights, yet they will be useless if a bulb blows on the way home and you do not have a spare. It takes seconds to walk around your car before setting off and check the lights are all working. It costs only a few dollars to buy some spare bulbs. Aside from the safety benefits this brings, it can also save you a police stop and fine.
If someone crashes into you and you can see they have not maintained their car adequately, it may help reinforce your claim for compensation.