November ushers in a slew of roadway hazards for Cleveland drivers. With the end of daylight savings, drivers must adjust to shorter days and longer periods of nighttime driving. Additionally, weather and environmental conditions can make driving risky, especially when speeding, distracted driving, or impaired driving are thrown into the mix.
Limited visibility & increased drowsiness
Shorter days can affect drivers’ visibility, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). During the dark hours, visibility can be limited to about 250 feet without the use of high-beams. However, with high-beams, visibility can be increased to 500 feet. Additionally, drivers around age 50 may require twice as much light than drivers around age 30. Visibility can also be hindered by the glare of other drivers’ headlights, especially if they are using high-beams. Visibility issues can also be attributed to environmental factors such as rain and fog.
Daylight savings and increased nighttime can also induce drowsy driving by affecting the circadian rhythm. This is your body’s natural clock that is programmed to stay awake during the daytime and to sleep at night. Moreover, darkness can cause the body to naturally release the sleep hormone melatonin. This puts drivers at risk of falling asleep behind the wheel.
Slippery road conditions
November can often bring slippery road conditions to the Cleveland area. According to Esurance, this can be attributed to:
- Increased wetness, dampness on roads: Even if temperatures remain above freezing, an increase of rain and dampness can cause roads to become slick.
- Fallen leaves: While not typical within the city limits, roads on the outskirts of Cleveland may be covered with dead, fallen leaves. When combined with wet conditions, driving on leaves can be just as hazardous as driving on ice.
- Frost and ice: It’s common for frost to develop during the early morning hours as the temperature dips below freezing. During this time, drivers should be cautious around bridges, underpasses, and heavily shaded areas where ice is likely to form.
- Occasional snow: Winter may not have formally arrived yet, but that doesn’t mean Cleveland doesn’t get snow. Drivers should give themselves more time during their commute and be prepared to slow down.
In the event that you or a loved one is injured in a crash, speaking to an experienced Cleveland auto accident attorney can be a crucial step to securing a solid claim. Contact Merriman Legal, LLC today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.