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Unexpected Fall Driving Hazards!

Are you prepared for the unique hazards that fall driving holds? Unsure of what I’m even talking about? No worries, this article is here to help.  You may not realize it, but fall presents some interesting hazards to driving.  Of course, living in Pennsylvania we all know that deer are a factor during this time of year, but other scenarios can make fall driving extra challenging.

For example, students go back to school in the fall.  Working around new traffic patterns with buses and parent drop-offs at school, as well the increase in people walking near the road, require drivers to be extra alert.  Falling leaves also present situations in which your car can skid, especially when the leaves are wet.  Additionally, the increased rain and morning fog in fall can also make driving challenging and more dangerous.  

So, what can you do to stay safe this fall?


  • Give other cars extra room, especially during periods of increased sun glare or fog.
  • NEVER text or talk on your phone while driving.  
  • Be alert during the time when deer are most active, which is early in the morning and near dusk.
  • Give school buses and all vehicles near schools a little extra room, and be patient!

Unfortunately, if you do get into a car accident this fall,  it is important to closely monitor your body’s response to injury.  This is especially true if you suspect that you have sustained a significant head injury.  If your car accident was due to the fault of another, it may also be time to seek legal action.   If you or a loved one has recently been in a car accident due to the fault of another, please contact Altoona, PA area personal injury attorney Doug Stoehr to set up an initial, free consultation.  His law office can be reached by visiting his website at or calling his firm at 814-515-9074.