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The fall season in the state of Ohio is beautiful on many fronts. From the changing leaves to the cooler weather, you’re sure to enjoy these few months.

If you find yourself driving during the fall season, you’ll need to adjust your approach on the road. There are many unique risks, all of which you need to account for.

  • Heavy rain. The fall months are known to be rainy, so make sure your driving style changes when the rain begins to fall.
  • Back-to-school traffic. You can expect there to be more traffic on the road, as well as school-aged children walking and riding their bikes.
  • Wet leaves. When wet leaves cake the roadways, you need to watch yourself. For example, hard braking on wet leaves can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
  • Fog. This is a common condition during the early morning hours. Dense fog reduces visibility, so slow down and use your headlights (but not your high beams).
  • Deer. The fall season is when deer activity picks up. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the highway or a back-country road, watch for deer that may dart in front of your vehicle.

As you follow these tips, you may find that other drivers aren’t thinking twice about what they’re doing. These are the type of people who are more likely to cause an accident.

If you’re part of a motor vehicle accident this fall, your health should come first. Once you have this in order, you can contact your insurance company and take steps to protect your legal rights.