As fall weather moves into the area, it’s critical that you take every step you can to protect yourself as a driver. Neglecting to do so increases the risk of an accident.

Here are some of the many steps you can take to prepare for fall driving in New York:

  • Visit your mechanic: There are a few things you need to inspect before colder weather hits, such as the condition of your tires and windshield wipers. Your mechanic can give your vehicle a once-over to ensure that it’s ready for the months to come.
  • Get ready for inclement weather: From rain to sleet to snow, all of these are likely as the fall season wears on. If you’re not prepared to alter your driving style, you’re asking for trouble.
  • Watch for road hazards: During the fall months, pay close attention to animals and wet leaves. Both of these safety hazards come about regularly during the fall season. 

Along with the above, it’s always a good idea to keep a close watch on other drivers. For example, you may slow down when the rain begins to fall, but other drivers assume that this isn’t necessary. These are the types of people who cause accidents.

Even if you and your vehicle are 100 percent prepared for fall driving in New York, don’t forget that other drivers are not always as safe. If a negligent driver causes an accident, stay where you are and call 911 for help. Your top priority is your health, but also learn more about your legal rights and how to hold the at-fault party responsible.