We all know driving on slippery ice can be dangerous. What you might not know is that wet leaves can be just as slick. If you live in an area that has trees that drop their leaves, or if you’re traveling in an area where the fall foliage is worth a look, here are a few things that could help you avoid an accident.
Leaves are similar to ice when they get wet in that they create a barrier between the road and your tires. With ice, it’s a layer of water. With leaves, it’s the slippery surface they have on both sides added to a layer of water.
Some tests have shown that stopping distances more than double when you’re traveling on a road with wet leaves compared to that same street that’s dry and clear of debris. If you find yourself skidding on wet leaves, use the same driving techniques as you would on ice. Speed is your biggest enemy when you encounter any slippery surface, so just slow down when you are driving into any slick situation.
Having tires with enough tread will help you in challenging road conditions. Our Service Advisor is a good one to discuss this and can help you choose the right tire for your driving habits. After all, your tire is the point of traction between the road and your vehicle. Also, this might be a good time to have your tires evaluated. How is your tread depth? What condition is the rubber in your tires? Rubber doesn’t age like a fine wine; it gets more brittle with age and can start to deteriorate not only because of the wear and tear it takes but simply from the number of years that have passed since your tires were manufactured.
And just remember always to keep an eye on the road ahead and never drive too fast for conditions, wet leaves or not. It’s a simple tip to remember, and it really works.