Taking long drives to view the beautiful colors and scenery that accompanies the seasons is a classic activity that many drivers take advantage of each year. As the scenery is certainly a beautiful sight to see, there are hazards that drivers often forget, such as the dangers that wet leaves cause when in piles on the road.
During the Fall and Winter seasons, drivers are advised to take caution when driving on roads with wet leaves, and can do so by considering the following:
- Wet leaves on the road can make stopping difficult.
- Piles of leaves can cover potholes, curbs, and street markings.
- Checking the condition of tires, brakes, and windshield wipers.
- Being aware of the weather; the first 15 minutes after a rainstorm are the most dangerous because of the oils that are released onto the road from the dry leaves.
- Driving slower than normal- especially when driving around corners.
- When traveling too fast, anti-lock brakes won’t help, especially when the leaves are moving as well.
- Maintaining a safe distance between vehicles in front of yours to have enough time to stop.
- Always staying alert of other cars and possible street markings that are covered up.
- Avoiding parking under trees, as wet and dry leaves alike can disrupt the way your vehicle runs.
What do you do if you happen to be caught on a slick surface of leaves, and loose control of your vehicle?
- Stay calm.
- Ease your foot off of the gas.
- Steer in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to move.
- Remain off of both the gas and the brake until you are able to maintain control of your vehicle.