September is a month for transitions. If you have kids they are transitioning back to school. If you work outside, it might be time to start transitioning to a new work wardrobe. The weather is transitioning too. This change in weather patterns can complicate your drive in the morning or the evening and lead to a New Haven auto accident if you’re not aware of what changes you might face.
Living in New England you get accustomed to the changing weather conditions, but it’s always good to have a reminder once in a while. You know what they say, when you live in New England and you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes for it to change. In recent years, that has been even more accurate and with the September weather that we now experience changes in the weather come even more rapidly.
When the weather changes it can mean a variety of things for you if you are behind the wheel when it happens. It can mean you will need to adjust your speed. You may need to change your route. In some, extreme cases, you may even need to pull off the road and wait for the extreme weather to pass before you continue on your way. In any event, knowing what types of weather conditions you might face before you head out is a good thing to do so you can be prepared for anything. Here are some weather conditions that are likely in September.
1.) Sun glare. Depending on the time that you are commuting you might run into this incredibly difficult weather condition that you will face for a few weeks in a row. As daylight fades and the sun sits squarely in your line of sight you may need to use your visor or a strong pair of sunglasses to shield your eyes from the damaging rays of sunshine. In extreme cases you may wish to pull off to the side of the road until the sun has set past the horizon. One thing is for sure, you will notice a serious slow down in traffic while all drivers are battling this difficult weather condition.
2.) Wet leaves. Whether it’s dew in the morning or an afternoon thunder shower, wet fallen leaves can present serious issues to drivers who are not prepared to drive over them. Wet leaves can be slippy and if you ever try to brake when you’re passing over a pile of them your car may lose grip and your tires could skid out causing you to lose control of your vehicle.
3.) Black ice. While less likely in September, a chilly autumn night can bring about black ice on the roads that can be a hazard you may never see coming until you get into an accident. Just a slight dip below freezing and black ice can become a problem for you while you’re on the road. To avoid this hazard you will want to keep your vehicle in the middle of the road as many instances of black ice generally occur on the shoulder of a road.
The weather throughout the autumn months can be quite tricky to deal with. At least when you’re driving in the winter you know roughly what to expect, but in the fall the weather can change in an instant and require you to change how you’re driving. In the event that you do experience sudden changes in weather, being prepared for anything Mother Nature throws at you can be the best way to avoid a New Haven auto accident. While you can’t prevent the changes in the weather you most certainly can be prepared and take precautionary measures like slowing down and pulling over when these situations arise while you’re on the road.
If you end up getting injured as the result of the weather changing or for any other reason you can always reach out to our experienced attorneys to review your situation. Contact our office and one of our attorneys will review your situation and work with to protect your long-term interests.