Many Granite State residents already are experiencing snow this season, but snow flakes could be the least of your concerns for road conditions awaiting drivers in November. From the growing number of deer to darker days, The Insurance Center would like to remind motorists why comprehensive auto coverage is more important than ever.
November can bring a variety of dangerous road conditions that even the most experienced drivers can find challenging. In order to protect your family from unexpected costs this season, Insurance Center compiled a list of potentially dangerous things that happen in November.
Darker days leads to more accidents
Daylight saving time is synonymous with darker days, and while some might appreciate the extra hour, most accidents unfortunately happen at night, according to the National Safety Council. Limited visibility and tiredness from not adjusting to the new schedule are some of the reasons why accidents are more likely to happen at night, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety. Drivers can take precautions by being extra vigilant while on the road and staying several feet away from other vehicles.
Frigid air deflates your tires
Tire pressure tends to decrease for every 10 degree drop in temperature. Under inflated tires not only cause damage to your car, but it reduces gas mileage and maneuverability. You are also three times more likely to be involved in a car accident when you don’t have enough air in your tires. The simple solution is to inflate your tires to your manufacturers’ specifications.
Deer are literally everywhere
November is deer mating season and it’s a real threat to Granite State residents. Drivers should not rely on their instincts by swerving to avoid the animal because it can cause a larger, more dangerous car accident. Instead, environmental officials suggests drivers should slowly press on the brake to minimize damage. Drivers that hit a deer should call the police to report the collision and remain in their car because the deer can still pose a danger to you or your vehicle.
Cold, slushy and slippery conditions are the norm in November
Roads tend to be slicker in November because of wet leaves, slush or rainy days. Wet leaves that are abundant in New Hampshire can be just as dangerous as snow. You can’t change the weather but you can change your driving habits. Drivers should reduce their usual speeds during inclement weather, stay far behind other cars, and avoid road anomalies like a pile of leaves or puddles of water, which could be masking pot holes.
Unforeseen road events can happen to anyone, but you don’t have to take a chance every time you turn the ignition. Speak with an Insurance Center agent at one of our locations for customized insurance packages that will give peace of mind while driving through New Hampshire’s roadways.