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Avoiding the dangers of driving in fall weather in Michigan

On Behalf of | Oct 18, 2022 | Car Accidents |

As the leaves start to change color and the weather starts to cool down, it’s important to remember that the roads can be dangerous too. There are certain things that make the fall season a particularly risky time to be on the road.

Intense winds

This can be a hazard for two reasons. First of all, gusts of wind can cause small objects, like leaves and debris, to blow into the road, which can be dangerous for motorcyclists and cyclists. Secondly, strong winds can actually knock over trees and power lines, which can then block the road. If you’re driving and you see debris on the road, be sure to swerve around it. If there’s a tree or power line blocking the road, do not attempt to drive around it. Find an alternate route or wait until the authorities have cleared the obstruction.

Poor visibility

This can be caused by a number of things, including fog and rain. When the visibility is poor, it’s more difficult to see other vehicles, pedestrians and animals on or near the road. It’s important to drive slowly and carefully when the visibility is poor.

Wet roads

Rain can make the roads slippery, which can lead to motor vehicle accidents. It’s especially important to be careful when driving on bridges, overpasses and highways, as these surfaces tend to freeze first. Slow down and be extra cautious when the roads are wet. You can also help by making sure your windshield wipers are in good condition and that you have enough windshield washer fluid.


Animals are more active in the fall, as they’re preparing for winter. This means that they’re more likely to be on the road. Be especially careful when driving near wooded areas or fields, as this is where you’re most likely to see animals. If you do hit an animal, pull over to the side of the road and call the police.

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean that the roads are any less dangerous. Be sure to take extra precautions and drive safely by following the tips above.