New Jersey drivers are often prepared for the driving hazards that come from construction and traffic. What many do not realize is that there are fall driving hazards to watch for. Even when the weather is cooling off and kids head back to school, there are steps each driver can take to avoid accidents, injury and even death.

According to AARP, one of the fall driving hazards to be aware of is the darkness. As drivers become accustomed to summer, they expect it to stay light outside longer. As it gets toward the end of the year, it gets darker earlier and although only 25% of driving is done at night, 50% of traffic deaths occur in the dark.

Drivers are extremely more likely to hit animals on the road in the fall, especially the month of November. One in every 100 driers will hit a deer at some point of their driving time and fall is when deer are most likely to mate, meaning they are seen more often and more likely to be on the roads.

Common weather conditions to watch for during the fall are identified by as frost and fog. There is often fog on cold mornings in the fall, and fog significantly decreases the perception of distance and visibility. Drivers moving through fog should slow down and put plenty of space between them and the car in front of them. As temperatures start to drop lower during the night, icy spots and morning frost are also more common, especially on shaded areas, overpasses and bridges.

Many accidents can be avoided if drivers are aware not only of their own driving, but also of the other drivers on the road. Anyone who has been involved in an accident and seriously injured by the negligence of another drive may benefit from speaking to a personal injury attorney.