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How to drive safely on autumn roads

Traffic: How to drive safely on autumn roads-safely

A lubricating film made from biomass: when leaves and moisture join forces, the road becomes slippery – even if it is not yet freezing.

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Drivers have to reckon with slippery roads due to hoarfrost, freezing moisture or so-called black ice. But autumn offers even more sources of danger: In addition to game, there are also farmers.

F.For drivers, this is sheer horror: the car appears to make itself independent on the slippery road and no longer reacts to any steering movement. Not just in winter, but in late summer and autumn there is a risk of danger from slippery roads – from so-called slippery peasant ice and on the first frosty nights. Drivers therefore have to adjust when the days get shorter.

Black ice on the farm has given many motorists a slide. Welf Stankowitz from the German Road Safety Council (DVR) knows the dangers that arise at the beginning of the harvest season. "If harvest or hay fall from the trailer, or soil from the profile of the trekker tires remains on the road, then it can be very slippery."

Drivers should also drive with extreme caution where there is a lot of leaves on the road and where moisture forms a lubricating film. "It can act like snow or black ice and occur unexpectedly."

Agricultural traffic itself also carries a risk of accidents. Tractors and combines are slow. Drivers are therefore better off always expecting a farmer or forest worker with heavy equipment to be around the next bend.

Fog can cause optical illusion

Accidents with agricultural machines often have more serious consequences than crashes with a car, warns the Auto Club Europa (ACE). When turning, tractors and the like needed more time and often several lanes. The dangers lurked especially at intersections and driveways, warns the club in its club magazine "ACE Lenkrad" .

From autumn on, motorists face another danger: fog. "It forms in forest areas and on bridges – wherever it is damp," explains Welf Stankowitz. If the view becomes cloudy, it means: get off the gas. "You should always be able to stop within sight".

The ADAC points out an “optical illusion” in connection with fog. Vehicles in front appear further away than they are. This is why the distance is often too small. Instead of the usual rule of thumb, distance equal to half the speedometer, the distance in such cases should correspond to the driving speed in meters. So if you drive 50 km / h, it is best to keep a distance of 50 meters.

In fog, the rear fog light is mandatory from a visibility of less than 50 meters, then you must not drive faster than 50 km / h. Even with the first swaths, the ADAC advises dipped headlights – even if the car is equipped with daytime running lights.

The risk of accidents from animals increases in autumn

By autumn at the latest, when the sun rises noticeably later and sets earlier, reaching for the light switch should become a daily routine anyway, advises DVR spokesman Stankowitz. For example, when driving through hilly landscapes, the valleys of which the sun can no longer reach, light and dark alternate. With light, drivers not only see better – above all, they are seen better.

When drivers drive to work in the dark on shorter days, the risk of accidents from animals increases. "Wildlife that crosses the street is harder to see," warns Stankowitz.

The game movement should be taken particularly seriously at the beginning of the harvest season, because the animals find less food in mown fields, go in search of fodder and do not care about roads.

If an animal is standing on the asphalt, it is best for drivers to brake in a controlled manner, to honk their horns and to fade out, because strong light makes the animals disoriented. If the accident cannot be avoided, drivers should not swerve – a crash with oncoming traffic could have far worse consequences.

When the temperature drops, drivers have to reckon with slippery roads due to hoarfrost, freezing moisture or so-called black ice. This occurs when cold rain immediately freezes when it hits the road. According to the ADAC, endangered areas are bridges, knolls, forests, avenues and roads near rivers and lakes.

It can often be colder on the ground

Even if good winter tires are fitted and the anti-skid ESP is on board, drivers are not immune to slipping. "ESP is not a rail that you build under the car," says Stankowitz. The technology also has its limits and does not always prevent inmates from ending up in the ditch.

As soon as drivers suspect it is slippery, they should shift down a gear, avoid strong acceleration and violent steering movements, so the advice of TuV Sud. If the front wheels lose grip, it can help to carefully take off the gas and apply the brakes lightly. "If the rear of the vehicle threatens to break out, lightly accelerating can get a front-wheel drive vehicle back on track," says TuV.

With rear-wheel drive, braking should be avoided in particular, because it supports the turning movement of the car. As soon as a car starts to slip, the best thing to do is to disengage the driver and wait for the tires to grip again. Fast, but measured counter-steering is often a good countermeasure.

The slippery road surface is often difficult to see if the road is not covered in snow. A dark, damp-looking road can already be frozen, warns the ADAC.

If the outside temperature display in the cockpit showed positive values, this should not be interpreted as a guarantee of sufficient grip on the road. "It can be colder on the ground," says Stankowitz. Even when the display shows four degrees Celsius, the road around the next bend can be covered in ice.

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