However, there’s no doubt that autumn presents its own challenges, not least on the road.
Here’s our guide to keeping safe on the roads in the coming months.
Look after your car battery
Crisp autumnal mornings might look glorious but they’ll be the death of a failing car battery.
As the average car battery has a useful life of just three to five years, it’s worth popping into your local Halfords or Kwik-Fit and asking them for a free battery check.
If your battery is newer than that, it’s worth making sure the battery terminal clamps are tight before smearing a thin film of petroleum jelly on them to help forestall any problems.
Now is a good time to check the tread on your tyres.
The legal minimum is 1.6mm (or the depth of the edge of a 20 pence) but I’d change them before that; the extra cost is minimal and the grip they give drops off rapidly with a tread depth of less than 3mm.
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Don't run out of antifreeze
Now is also the time to check that your antifreeze is up to scratch. Your local garage should be able to do it for a nominal fee.
Here comes the sun
Be aware of the low sun and keep a pair of sunglasses in the car.
Be prepared to lower your sun visor in an instant, especially in the early hours of the morning or evening. Keeping the inside of your windscreen spotlessly clean and making good use of your windscreen washers and wipers will also help.
It’s also worth remembering that you might be invisible to other road users if you’re coming out of the sun, so be aware and don’t be afraid to turn on your headlights.
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Slow down for deer
Around 74,000 deer are hit by cars every year; the risk of hitting one is highest in spring when young deer are starting to venture out , but the autumn is also a time to be wary as that's when stags are rutting.
Hitting a deer of any size is likely to lead to a serious accident and considerable damage to your car but you can reduce the risk by slowing down whenever you see deer or signs warning of their presence.
If you catch one in your headlights, you should slow down as deer have a tendency to freeze and then panic, running in unpredictable directions…
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Watch out for leaves
Fallen leaves aren’t just a problem on your lawn: hitting a patch of wet leaves on the road can be almost as bad as hitting black ice, so take care on country lanes and keep your speed down when you are forced to drive through them.
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