Fall foliage can cause dangerous driving conditions in New England

Wet leaves can cause your tires to lose contact with road surface

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The fall foliage is beautiful to look at, but it can cause some dangerous road conditions. 22News found out what precautions people are taking to stay safe this fall season.

Fall in New England brings to mind trees that are covered with beautiful leaves in all shades of reds, oranges and yellows. But depending on the weather, the leaves can start falling off trees anywhere from early October to late November and can cause some serious hazards. Many people told 22News they take extra safety precautions when there are wet leaves on the ground, to avoid slipping and falling.

Barb Weisman of Amherst said, “Certainly this time of year you’ve got to be a little more careful with leaves on the ground, it’s harder to see potholes in the road when you’re out running or cycling, and hitting wet leaves can make you skin out.”

It’s common knowledge that you should drive slower and take extra precautions when there’s snow on the ground. A combination of wind and rain can make for equally dangerous road conditions once leaves start hitting the ground.

Wet leaves can cause your tires to lose contact with road surface, making it just as dangerous as ice and snow. Fallen leaves can also clog storm drains which can cause streets to flood, leading to even more dangerous road conditions.

Katie Han told 22News she tried to be proactive to make sure that fallen leaves don’t become a safety hazard. “Basically gathering the leaves so they’re not in the way for other people, or anything that they can slip on, it becomes more dangerous if there’s an overload of leaves, it’s the same issues with snow.”