Leaves Present Hazards on Roads and Walkways

Posted 9:05 a.m.

wet leavesHurricane Sandy has stripped leaves off the trees, covering roads and walkways with a layer of wet, slippery leaves. Please slow down and take caution when driving or walking on leaves — it can be surprisingly dangerous.


Wet leaves on the roads can often be as dangerous as snow and ice, make braking, steering and stopping difficult. You may lose traction, which is particularly dangerous at intersections and downhill stop signs or red lights. Acceleration can be affected, too. Drivers should be particularly cautious on leaf-covered ramps and merge lanes. You should continue to be cautious even with dry leaves, which in piles may hide potholes and other road hazards and often are a magnet for playing children.


Keep walkways clear of leaves and debris. Wet leaves can be very slippery and cause falls. To help prevent slipping or falling, slow down and watch where you walk.


When it is safe to do so, residents should clear leaves from storm drains, gutters and other areas around their home.

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4 responses to “Leaves Present Hazards on Roads and Walkways”

  1. arlington resident says :

    anyone know if it’s now ok to drive in VA and DC? it looks pretty calm outside my window

    • anonymous says :

      Our area too- I suppose the winds have died down a bit. Anyone know if tomorrow’s school is on?

  2. Anonymous says :

    most Roads are passable in the area

  3. Anonymous says :

    Schools are open tomorrow?