Here are some tips Farmers encourages drivers to keep in mind -- particularly about bicycles and motorcycles -- when driving during the fall, and any time of year for that matter.
* When you come to an intersection, make a complete scan. Look not only at traffic around you, but for what’s ahead on the road. There may be kids on bikes a few yards behind an oncoming car, about to enter the intersection.
* Make a habit of looking for the unusual. Broaden your spectrum of where to look and what you might see. Many seemingly unavoidable accidents might be prevented through better surveillance.
* Try to drive with an open space in the adjacent lane, as opposed to right next to another vehicle. This will improve your ability to react to potential trouble ahead.
* Don’t be shortsighted. Get into the habit of looking down the road at what’s ahead. Don’t think in terms of distance, but time. Always think of where you will be in 10 seconds.
* Keep your eyes moving. Every now and then, sneak a glance off into the distance, and don’t forget to check your mirrors.