Fall safety: Leaves

Fall Road. Photo from pixabay.com.

Leaves are changings colors and falling to the ground! And while pretty, leaves can pose hazards, especially for motorists.

  • Children often play in leaf piles, so remain alert and never drive through a pile of leaves!


  • Fallen leaves can gather on roadways and when they become wet, they can create very slick conditions. Add freezing temperatures to the mix and your vehicle will have zero tracking, similar to driving on an icy road. In addition, leaves can cover important road markings (double yellow lines, for example) or deep pot holes. So it’s important to slow down when driving on a leaf-covered roadway. And always give yourself plenty of room between you and the cars around you in case anyone has to stop short.


  • Many “leaf peepers” are out on the roadways and many can be distracted by foliage vistas. Be aware of what other motorists are doing.


  • Keep your windshield free of leaves so as to not obstruct your view.


  • If you see dried leaves peeking out from under the hood of your car, take a moment to pop it and clear them away before you take your trip as they can obstruct ventilation holes and overheat your vehicle.


Also, as mentioned in a previous post, reconsider leaf burning. Burning leaves produces dangerous chemicals, and it is suggested to avoid disposing of leaves this way. If you decide to burn leaves, wear a protective mask. Burning leaves should only be attempted far away from a house or other structures on a homeowner’s property. Always check the weather forecast before starting to burn leaves. This activity should not be attempted in windy conditions. Flying embers can travel and start fires. Do not do any outdoor burning when fire dangers are high!

See this post for other fall safety tips!

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