The term “auto season” is often used by the editor of the Herald and it took me a while to deduce its meaning. Most cars were simply not driven in the winter for a variety of reasons. The earliest cars didn’t have windows or heaters, and although drivers could carry the same lanterns and portable gas lamps they carried in their horse-drawn carriages, they were hardly efficient or reliable. The first car heaters were risky at best and weren’t really perfected until the thirties. Roads were not cleared. Narrow automobile tires weren’t much better than bicycle tires. So most people relied on horses in the winter and kept their automobiles in storage until warm spring days arrived. Of course then they had to avoid the mud!
The Caddo Herald
April 2, 1920
Care and Caution Needed in Caddo
The Herald, at the beginning of the auto season, would voice its warning to be both carful in driving and in crossing streets. Thus many accidents will be avoided. After an accident has occurred all the regret in the world will not bring back to life the injured, neither will it salve the conscience of the guilty.
Don’t be in a hurry to get somewhere with your car.
Others have rights on the streets as well as you.
Children are not so careful as they should be. But their heedlessness should be taken into consideration.
Keep your eyes open and ahead.
Keep one foot near the brakes.
Don’t be afraid someone else will pass you. Let them if they must.
Children should not be allowed to play on frequently used streets. They can get so interested in their play they forget dangers.