Autumn brings with it a kaleidoscope of rich colours and earthy scents, but it is also delivers some treacherous driving conditions.
It’s no good driving along and admiring the scenery if your tyres are not in tip-top condition, because slippery leaves on the road can lead to costly car accidents.
Tyres which are bald, that’s with less than the 1.6mm tread depth, or not properly inflated will offer little or no grip on greasy road surfaces and motorists must snap out of “summer driving mode” to cope with the season change, according to an accident management firm.
Accident Exchange is urging vehicle owners to adjust their driving in accordance with the change of season as autumn throws up some “treacherous” driving conditions.
The company warns that the failure to adjust from “summer driving mode” plays a large part in an expected 15 per cent rise in road accidents.
Gordon Grant, of Accident Exchange, pointed out: “October delivers some of the worst driving conditions of the year as the weather changes and the clocks go back.”
He added: “They need to remember the basic laws of physics and common sense when the conditions change under their tyres.”
In 2008, Accident Exchange reported more vehicle accidents in October than in any other month – approximately nine per cent of all incidents for the year.
Denna Bomwan, Operations Team