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Wet leaves could create slick roads

Be aware when driving on roadways just after a good rainfall during the fall season. Soaked leaves are stripped from the trees in downpours, like we had this morning. And as fall continues more and more leaves will be stuck to the road after storms. When these leaves get wet and rest of the pavement, they become surprisingly slick, and it doesn't take much change in direction while travelling at a higher speed for you to start drifting and sliding.


It's all thanks to the nature of the leaf. They have a naturally waxy coating to protect them, so when they get wet, they become very slick on both sides. That makes leaves slip on your tires, other leaves, and the road, creating a potentially dangerous situation for any driver. Right after it rains when driving on a road covered with soaked leaves, you may have to increase your stopping distance, especially if your driving faster than normal.


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