Wet Leaves: More Dangerous than Ice?

It’s true that during the fall season, there are few things more beautiful to look at than the leaves. The different colors they change into are really a sight to behold, but despite the great looks of autumn leaves, they can pose a serious threat to us out on the road.

Driving on Wet LeavesAs fall rolls on, the leaves fall off the trees, often accumulating in low areas like our lawns and the roads we drive on. Combined with the rain and colder weather of fall, this can quickly create the potential for road shoulders to become covered with wet leaves. It may surprise you to learn that these can actually be more hazardous than regular ice on the road.

The reason being is because plants like trees are designed to take in water through their roots, not through the leaves, which is why they have a waxy coating that prevents water from entering. As NAPA notes, this means that water simply pools on top of leaves, leaving a thin layer of water that can pose a slipping hazard for your vehicle. Combine this with layer and layers of leaves with water between each, and it quickly becomes incredibly difficult to keep traction.

As you head out on the road this fall, make sure to pay attention to leaves on the road on those cold, rainy days. The potential to spin out and even get in an accident is much higher if you lose control on wet leaves, so make sure to drive cautiously and defensively, leave ample space between you and the car in front of you just to be safe.

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Written by Chad Harley

Chad Harley

Professional hail technician since 1998. Vale National Master Craftsman 2004. Over a decade of experience in collision repair and refinishing prior to paintless dent repair.

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