Palos Park Police Remind Motorists to
Watch for Fall Driving Hazards
With fall’s arrival, Palos Park Police is reminding motorists to use
caution and be alert for seasonal travel hazards like sun glare,
frosty mornings and wet leaves.
“Autumn is one of the most beautiful times to drive in Palos Park,”
said Police Commissioner Dan Polk. “Adjusting your driving practices
for the season will help to make sure those drives are safe ones.”
Sun glare can affect morning and evening commutes as sunrise and
sunset coincide with rush-hour traffic. As intense sun glare can
affect a driver’s vision, motorists can prepare by keeping a pair of
sunglasses within reach, removing items from vehicle sun visors and
by keeping vehicle windshields clean.
As overnight temperatures approach freezing, motorists should watch
for frost and icy spots, especially on bridges, overpasses and
shaded areas on roadways. Drivers should also be certain that their
vehicles’ windows are clear of frost before driving.
Wet leaves are extremely slippery and can obscure traffic lines and
pavement markings. Drivers can help reduce their risk of a crash by
slowing down and using extra caution on leaf-covered roadways,
especially on narrow or winding roads.
Palos Park Police offer these additional fall driving tips:
• Check your vehicle’s headlights, taillights and turn signals to
ensure they are working properly, since darkness will be part of
many drivers’ morning and evening commutes.
• Have your vehicle’s heating and wiper systems checked to ensure
they are working properly.
• Be sure you have tires with sufficient tread depth in case of an
early season snowfall.
• Watch for students walking or waiting for their buses along your