Autumn Driving – The Dangers of Leaves on the Road

Written by Ellie

In the Autumn when leaves start to accumulate and cover our roads and then become wet, they will get very slippery, making the driving conditions similar to driving on an icy road. Should we have a frost and the temperature falls to below freezing, the wet leaves will freeze and turn the road into an ice rink. This will not only reduce your vehicles traction, resulting in you skidding and the possibility of losing control. Leaves often pile up and cover over the road markings, making it difficult to know the locations of the lanes, junctions etc.

  • Autumn driving tip 1 – Slow down if you are driving on a road covered with leaves, especially when driving around bends.

  • Autumn driving tip 2 – Always allow yourself plenty of room to stop in an emergency.

  • Autumn driving tip 3 – Always keep a greater distance between you and the car in front of you.

  • Autumn driving tip 4 – Slow down, leaves make it difficult to see potholes and bumps in the road.

  • Autumn driving tip 5 – Take care a pile of leaves raked to the side of the road is an inviting place to a child. Children enjoy jumping into the leaf piles or burrowing down into them and hiding. Never drive through a leaf pile. Use caution going around turns and where children are playing.

  • Autumn driving tip 6 – Keep your windshield leaf free to avoid wet leaves getting stuck under the windshield wiper blades.

  • Autumn driving tip 7 – In order to avoid the possibility of a fire hazard from the exhaust system or catalytic converter, never park your vehicle over a pile of leaves.


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Posted on 7th September 2015

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