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As the summer sun gives way to the crisp air of autumn, the changing leaves create a colorful landscape that invites us to take a scenic drive and soak in the beauty of the season. I am already starting to notice the fall of leaves as we enter the new season. Dr. Aaron Workman, a top member of the Chambers Medical Group team, one of the highest rated auto injury medical programs in the Lexington, Kentucky area, guides us on road safety for autumn driving.

With the arrival of fall comes the challenge of traveling on roads with fallen leaves. To ensure a safe and enjoyable drive during this time, it is important to be aware of the potential hazards and take necessary precautions.

  1. The Slippery Surface: Autumn leaves can quickly turn into a hazard on dry roads. When leaves accumulate on the road, they become slick and slippery. Just like ice or rain, they reduce the traction between your tires and the road, increasing the risk of skidding. Drive cautiously and avoid sudden braking or sharp turns on leaf covered roads.
  2. Hidden Dangers: Leaves can conceal various road hazards such as potholes and debris. Be vigilant and maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you. If you are driving in an area with heavy leaf coverage, keep your speed in check to allow time to react to any unexpected obstacles.
  3. Be Extra Cautious on Wet Roads: The colorful fall scene can take a dramatic turn when the rain starts. Wet leaves create a slimy surface that can be as treacherous as an ice rink. Your vehicle’s tires lose traction, making braking and steering more challenging. Increase your following distance and reduce your speed when driving on wet, leaf-covered roads.
  4. Keep Your Windshield Clear: Falling leaves may seem harmless until they obstruct your vision. Keep your windshield clean and use your wipers and defrosters effectively to maintain a clear view of the road. A clear line of sight is crucial for spotting potential hazards ahead.
  5. Maintain Proper Tire Tread: Having well maintained tires is essential for safe driving year-round, but it is especially important when leaves start to blanket the roads. Adequate tire tread depth helps in maintaining traction on slippery surfaces. Check your tires regularly and replace them if the tread is worn out. This is a good time to prepare for the Winter Season. If your tires are slipping on leaves, they will be even worse on snow and ice.
  6. Do not Leave the Leaves: You will want to keep your car free from the wet leaves. Clear your car’s gutters and drains to prevent blockages. All the areas around your windshield wipers, under the hood, doors, and trunk. Clogged drains can lead to water accumulating in unintended areas, potentially causing rust and damage to your vehicle and it just looks bad and will accumulate more dirt if you leave the leaves.

As the leaves begin to descend remember that the road conditions are changing too. With these safety tips in mind, you can confidently navigate the roads and enjoy the beauty of autumn. If you find yourself suffering from a motor vehicle accident, the doctors at Chambers Medical Group can help! Stay safe and enjoy the season!

— This article is written by Aaron Workman, DC, one of the members of Chambers Medical Group’s team of car accident chiropractors who offer a variety of treatments and therapies ranging from diagnostic testing to various soft tissue therapies for car accidents and injuries in Kentucky.

















































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