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New Milford officials caution drivers to wet leaves making roads slippery

The New Milford Public Works Department is offering a reminder for drivers out for leaf peeping.  Wet leaves are dangerous, as bad as ice and motorists are asked to drive accordingly.  A film of water covers the top of leaves, and tires aren’t very effective at stopping the vehicle.  On a roadway coated with wet leaves, and a driver is going 45 miles an hour, it will take 200 feet, more than double the normal distance on a dry road, to stop.  Officials say people should reduce speed, leave extra distance from other cars, clean leaves off the windshield before heading out and making sure tires have good tread, which helps channel water away from the tires.