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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Those Beautiful Autumn Leaves can be Dangerous

Autumn is here and the leaves are brilliant, but did you know that those same leaves can be dangerous? Leaves pile up on the road and can cause the roads to become slippery, causing your tires to lose traction. When the temperature dips below freezing, the leaves can be as dangerous as driving on icy roads. Here are some tips for safe autumn driving:
o       Slow down if you are driving on a road covered with leaves, especially when driving around turns.
o       Allow yourself plenty of room to stop in an emergency. Keep a greater distance between you and the car in front of you.
o       Leaves make it difficult to see potholes and bumps in the road.  Stay alert!
o       A pile of leaves raked to the side of the road is an inviting place for a child. Children enjoy jumping into the leaf piles or burrowing down into them and hiding. Never drive through a leaf pile. Use caution going around turns and where children are playing.
o       Keep your windshield leaf -free to avoid wet leaves getting stuck under the windshield wiper blades.
o       In order to avoid the possibility of a fire hazard from the exhaust system or catalytic converter, never park your vehicle over a pile of leaves.

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