Every year around this time my dad will randomly text the family group chat and say, "Be careful of wet leaves!". It has been the same text, at the same period of time, for the last decade. At this point, it's pretty much an inside joke with my family but my dad has a great point. When driving, BE CAREFUL OF WET LEAVES!

When leaves gather on the roadway and become wet, they can get extremely slippery, making the driving conditions similar to driving on ice. Wet leaves can easily reduce the car's traction. Wet leaves can also stick to the road, covering painted road markings, making it difficult to know the location of the lane you are driving in. Thanks to lovetoknow, here are six safety tips when driving this Fall season.

  • Slow down if you are driving on a road covered with leaves, especially when turning or going down a hill.
  • Keep a greater distance between you and the car in front of you.
  • Keep in mind, leaves make it hard to see bumps, potholes and road changes.
  • Keep your windshield leaf free to avoid wet leaves getting stuck under your windshield wiper blades.
  • Never park your car over a pile of leaves! Leaves could ignite a fire from your cars exhaust system or catalytic converter.
  • Never drive through a leaf pile. Children enjoy playing in and around leaf piles. Use caution going around turns and where children might be playing.

These are many key points you might know already but it's always nice to be reminded, especially if you are or might know an inexperienced driver. I hope you have a wonderful Fall and remember, BE CAREFUL OF WET LEAVES!!

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