fall roadThink driving in the winter is bad? Well, it is. Even down here in Texas, we get an occasional dusting of snow or freezing rain. But driving in the fall is no treat either—though admittedly not as dramatic as driving through snow in your cute little subcompact. There are a couple of fall road hazards you’ll need to keep an eye out for in the coming, cooling months. Here are a few tips on how to handle them best.

The Sun

Though it may not feel like it by November, yes, the sun does exist after the summer. Just look directly through your windshield or in your rearview mirror during you commute home and you’ll see it setting low and blindingly bright. The lowered position of the sun means extra glare, complicating your visibility. Always have sunglasses handy, even on those ugly, grey November mornings.

The Weather

Fall is beautiful. Fall is also hurricane season. Even if you live far from the Atlantic coast, hurricanes can still wreak havoc on your local weather pattern. Keep an eye out for rain-slicked roads and fog, especially in the morning. If it is foggy, avoid turning on your high beams. The bright light will only reflect off of the fog and worsen your visibility.

The Leaves

Ah, autumn leaves! How lovely! That’s what everyone is thinking as they drive down the street, slowing for that big, beautiful tree with fiery red leaves, swerving out of their lane because they’re not paying attention. Leaves are lovely, yes, but they’re also a distraction. Keep your eyes on the road this season and avoid this most subtle of the fall road hazards.