Freshly fallen wet autumnal leaves may be something of a frustration to gardeners, but driving on roads scattered with them should be undertaken with the same trepidation and respect given to snow and ice.
Stark warnings have been issued to motorists to drive with extra care on wet roads strewn with fallen leaves, especially after heavy rain, as the road can become like a skating rink, ready to claim it’s next victim.
We all drive with much more care and attention when it comes to frosty mornings or when snow has fallen. But, wet leaves can be just as treacherous, although not taken as seriously by the majority of motorists. Within a matter of weeks, we have gone from driving in near perfect conditions that were light, sunny and largely dry thanks to the glorious summer, to the extremely hazardous conditions of wet roads covered with freshly fallen leaves coupled with dark commuting periods. Motorists have to make adjustments to their style of driving and make allowances in order to stay safe and this also goes for the condition of your vehicle at this time of the year.
Cars should be checked their cars thoroughly in order to stay safe this winter with tyres, brakes, fluids - particularly anti-freeze - and lights to be examined now that the colder months are upon us. Carrying a “winter survival” bag containing spare outdoor waterproof clothes, a high-visibility jacket, torch, snack food and even a hot drink flask should also be encouraged just in case you do happen to en up in a breakdown, or worse, an accident.
Having a car accident or breaking down at any time is extremely distressing, but particularly so as the winter months approach. So, if you can be prepared by having the necessary items in the boot, you can save yourself a lot of distress. These items would take up only a fraction of space in your boot, but could be of major help, especially in older, more vulnerable vehicles.