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When Fall’s Leaves Lead to Parking and Driving Danger

A Prime Insurance Auto-Risk Alert


As nature heralds the way to winter, the trees’ leaves lose color, wither and fall to the ground. When leaves are moistened by dew, rainfall or snow, they present hazardous slippery driving conditions, When they are dry, they can easily be the agent to igniting a car-induced fire. Whether wet or dry, a pile of leaves can mask pot holes, the border between the sidewalk and roadway and kids or pets playing underneath.  

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Many municipalities in NJ, NY, PA, MD and other states offer roadside leaf pickup services to homeowners and other residents. This may lead to a real problem when you attempt to park your vehicle.

Cars, and motorcycles –even higher off-the-grand SUV’s, vans  and trucks -  that park atop of dry patches of leaves on the side of the road run the risk of starting a fire and causing rapid fire damage or total destruction to the vehicle.

Here’s what you can do to prevent leaf-danger.

  • Do not park your vehicle on top of a pile of leaves or tall grass.

  • Do not drive over high piles of leaves.

  • Practice caution and drive slower when leaves are present on the street.

  • Try not to park alongside a tree.

  • Check under your parked vehicle before driving off to ensure there is not a ‘leaf trap’ under it.

  • Keep a broom or rake in your car so that you can sweep away any leaves you find under the car.

  • Make sure you have comprehensive on your auto insurance policy. It will cover you in the event of fire damage from arson, a garage fire, a car accident an engine fire.

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Summary: Fall Leaf Alert: Falling and piled leaves can pose fire and other risks to your car. Learn more from this summarized article by your auto insurance friends.


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