Tips for Defensive Driving This Fall
As seasons change, new factors come into play when it comes to safety on the road. This fall, Dawson Insurance is encouraging all drivers in the Fargo-Moorhead area and across the country to drive defensively. Read on to learn a few things to keep an eye out for as you’re driving in North Dakota and Minnesota this season.
School Zones and School Crossings
School is back in session, which means that the morning and afternoon traffic congestion is back. It’s important to be aware of where your school zones are in order to keep our children safe. Never block a crosswalk, always yield to pedestrians whether they have the right of way or not, and never pass a school bus from behind on an undivided road.
It’s sugar beet harvest season! As excited as we are about our farmers’ crops, sugar beet truck drivers will be working around the clock as they bring sugar beets to factories. To avoid getting into an accident, make sure to maintain a safe distance behind these trucks. Keep yourself distraction-free while you’re driving and be sure to look ahead on the road to prepare for any vehicles coming your way.
In addition to beet harvest season, other crops will be ready for harvest within the next few months. Tall crops, such as corn, can make it difficult to see oncoming traffic at intersections. As you drive next to and around these crops, make sure to drive defensively and keep your eyes peeled for oncoming traffic as you cross the road.
Deer account for thousands of crashes per year, and while these accidents can occur year-round, November shows the highest number of crashes historically. These accidents are most frequent from 5AM-7AM, and then again between 6PM-11PM. Do your best to avoid a crash by using high beam headlights to improve your visibility, be alert and distraction-free when driving during those hours of the day and when you’re close to natural cover areas like streams and shelter belts. And if you do spot a deer on the road, brake firmly – do not swerve.
While accidents can happen, they can also be avoided. Remember that defensive driving means you’re expecting the unexpected, controlling your speed, and staying alert when you’re on the road this fall.
In the unlikely event that you get into an accident, Dawson Insurance can give you the peace of mind that your vehicle is covered. Reach out to one of our team members to learn about your options and how we can improve your coverage.