Wet leaves can make slippery roads

NOW: Wet leaves can make slippery roads

While there's no concern for icy, snowy roads right now, the pavement could still be slick this month. Our rainy pattern and the falling leaves can lead to a slippery situation.

Falling autumn leaves can make it difficult to see the road. When it rains on top of the leaves, the road can get just as slippery as when it is covered in ice.

The water droplets on top of the leaves are not ideal for car tires. It is easy to skid on wet leaves.

You can avoid this issue by slowing down while driving on wet leaves and by leaving plenty of room in between you and the car in front of you. The National Highway Safety Administration also recommends to scrape any leaves off of your car before you start driving.

If you do find your car skidding, don't slam on the brakes. Take your foot off the gas, and steer your car in the direction you want to go until your regain control.

These slick spots can be especially dangerous when you are turning. Remember that it may take extra time to slow down when there are wet leaves on the road.

This reminder applies to people walking, jogging, or riding a bike too. Be cautious as you move over these spots to avoid falling.

Not many leaves have fallen just yet. We are in a wet pattern this week, as a closed low system sits over Michiana.

Because we are sitting in this stagnant area of low pressure, we'll continue to see the clouds, rain, and possibly thunderstorms associated with the low.

Anytime there is a closed low, it takes a big force in the atmosphere to change the weather pattern. Right now, it doesn't look like we'll break out of the pattern anytime soon, so keep your umbrella around this week.


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