Fall is here and the changing of the seasons’ ushers in other changes as well. Trees lose their green and replace it with the reds, golds, and oranges that are so familiar this time of year. The air is crisper, it gets dark much earlier, and frost and ice begin appearing on roadways, cars, and sidewalks. For some, autumn offers a welcome reprieve from the stifling summer humidity and heat while others are already lamenting the shorter, cooler days.
No matter your take on the fall season, these dark months we are about to enter are some of the most deadly for Connecticut drivers.
Always make certain you are giving your driving, the road, and your immediate surroundings the full, undivided attention they deserve. As the weather and road conditions slowly change over the next few months, there are some changes to your driving habits that any conscientious driver will want to implement.
End to Daylight Savings Time
This year, on November 3rd at 2:00 a.m. our clocks will “fall back.” Some will benefit from an extra hour of sleep and some will enjoy an extra hour at the bar. Either way, until we become acclimated, this indicates major changes in our daily routines.
This annual tradition of rewinding time means that drivers who once drove home while the sun was out will now be heading home in the dark and cold. This increases the number of hours in a day in which nighttime driving dangers will be prevalent. With darkness descending ever earlier, you may experience some related driving issues such as:
- Failure to maintain focus
- Not noticing traffic signs and stoplights or missing turns
- Undue lethargy
- Repeated yawning
- Constant daydreaming
Autumn brings with it an abundance of celebrations: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Channukah and New Year’s are all widely-celebrated holidays. These events are intended to be happy occasions where we mark the passing of time with friends, and family. These holidays can, however, also be a source of anxiety and stress which could cause distracted and aggressive driving practices.
Minimize your distractions while you are behind the wheel and avoid using your cell phone while you are driving, obey all posted speed limits and traffic signage, don’t tailgate, and never drink and drive. While you might be eagerly complying with every single rule of the road, other drivers might not be. Avoid making any unnecessary hand signals, move out of the path of an aggressive driver, and don’t be afraid to call the police if you need them.
No matter what season you currently find yourself in, if you have been injured due to another person’s carelessness, negligence, or maliciousness, you need to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as you can. Here at Moynahan Law Firm, our attorneys are prepared to respond aggressively to your claim and to see to it that you get the full amount that you deserve for your damages.
If you would like to discuss your personal injury case with one of our experienced attorneys, then please reach out to us at (203) 597-6364 today.