Car Care Tips

Slippery When Wet (Driving on Wet Leaves)

Sunday 20th of September 2020

When the leaves fall, you might take a sightseeing trip to see them at peak color.  Or you may simply live in a spot where there are a lot of trees.  When those leaves get wet, you'd be surprised to learn just how slippery they can be. 

We all know ice is slippery to drive on.  What causes tires to slip on ice is a thin layer of water that comes between the road and your tires.  Wet leaves can have the same effect.  The surfaces of leaves are super slick when they're dry, even worse when you add a little moisture.  There's one other thing about leaves.  They are smaller than each tire's footprint, so your tread grips the pavement with uneven traction.

One study showed that your stopping distance can more than double on a surface covered with wet leaves when compared to that same road when it's dry.  Double! That can spell trouble.  So if you find yourself heading into an area with wet leaves on the road, slow down before you get into a jam.  If you do start skidding, use the same driving techniques as you would on ice.  Let off the accelerator, resist jamming on the brakes and steer into the skid.  Again, speed can get you into trouble fast on a slippery surface.

One thing that can help is winter tires.  Lube Town offers seasonal tire change over on rims and tire rotations.  No appointment is needed.  Simply drive up to any of our service bay and the service is done while you wait.

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4007 Macleod Tr SW  403-457-3500
10 Parkdale Crescent NW 403-283-3393
181 North Railway St, Okotoks 403-995-9565