Every year, many people in the U.S. welcome cooler temperatures, while some dread back-to-school season or seasonal changes related to their job. We know that the fall can be an exciting and tumultuous time of the year, but there are a number of auto accident risk factors to be aware of during this season. Whether you drive to work every day or are planning a road trip during the fall, there are many different possible hazards that you should be aware of.

For starters, the fall months can bring chaotic weather to many parts of the country, such as strong winds that knock down power lines and scatter tree limbs across the road. Fall can also be much colder, and in certain parts of the country there may be ice on the roadway during this season. With many parents bringing their kids to school, there may a higher risk of auto collisions in the morning and afternoon—especially for parents who are struggling to adjust to a different schedule.

In fact, there are other potential areas of concern that often go unnoticed. For example, some people struggle with allergies in the fall, which can affect their driving abilities (especially when it comes to drowsiness due to medication and symptoms that distract a driver from the road). Furthermore, some drivers may be more likely to cause an accident due to fewer daylight hours and driving in the dark.

All seasons present a number of auto accident risk factors that drivers should watch out for. Sadly, some drivers are careless, and they should be held responsible.