It’s the time of the year where most of the leaves are off the trees and on your lawn or on our streets. When leaves pile up or become wet they may present driving hazards. Wet leaves on the pavement are very slippery. Believe it or not, as leaves begin to fall and become wet on the roadways or sidewalks, they can be just as dangerous as ice! Even more slippery than a thin coat of oil on the road, which floats up during the first couple minutes when it rains. This can be extremely dangerous for motorist. But that’s not the only hazard you might encounter. Leaves both dry and wet can obscure traffic lines and other road markings. This can making driving more difficult but especially at night when statistically it’s already more difficult to see. Leaves may also cover pot holes and bumps in the middle of the road. Leaves that are wet are also very dangerous for even those who are walking. Who would of thought that leaves which are so beautiful to look at could cause so much harm. I put together a list of tips that will help next time you are driving on wet roads.
Fall Driving Tips
- Too minimize the risk of slipping, remove leaves from the bottom of your shoes that stick when wet
- Children may bring in wet leaves after playing outside
- Pets may sometimes bring wet leaves into your homes, check their paws after a walk
- Remove shoes when entering a house after being outside on the wet ground
- Slow down and use extra caution on leaf-covered roadways
- Especially around turns…DRIVE SLOW!
- Check your tires, brakes and wipers before heading out on the road
- Wet leaves make stopping more difficult, leave extra distance between the car in front of you
- Never drive through a leaf pile as children tend to play around leaf piles
- Check the inflation pressure and the tread depth on your tires
- Check the sidewalls for cracks or punctures
- Keep your windshield leaf free to avoid leaves from getting stuck under the windshield wiper blades
- In order to avoid the possibility of a fire hazard from the exhaust system, never park your vehicle over a pile of leaves
Meteorologist Kevin Arnone