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Stay safe while driving this fall

Each season of the year presents its own hazards for driving. Autumn in New York City is typically a beautiful time of the year, but drivers should be aware of the seasonal hazards they face.

With that in mind, let’s review some tips from the AARP about how to avoid autumn driving dangers.

Beware of rain-slick roads

Fall can bring a lot of rain to the region, sometimes in the form of late-season hurricanes churning up the eastern seaboard. But even an afternoon downpour or isolated thunderstorm can leave roads dangerously wet.

Cars and light passenger trucks can find themselves in danger of hydroplaning on slick roads. When this happens, motorists struggle to regain control of their vehicles as they fishtail down the road.

Autumn leaves

They are certainly beautiful. So lovely, in fact, that they draw thousands of “leaf peepers” to come check out Nature’s bounty in the trees. These slow-moving vehicles of tourists “oohing and ahhing” at the fabulous foliage can become traffic hazards. Make sure to give them a wide berth.

Darting animals

While certainly less of a problem here in Brooklyn, you certainly don’t have to drive many miles from the borough to experience deer and other animals running out in front of your vehicle as you are cruising down the road.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), drivers have more than three times the chance of striking a deer in November when the animals are rutting than they do during all other months of the year.

Hold at-fault drivers liable

If you wind up injured in an auto accident caused by another errant driver, you should know you have the right to hold that at-fault driver liable for the damages they have caused.