Fall is upon us and it is the time of year when leaves change and show their beauty in full grandeur.  It is a wonderful time of the year as the season's change and the leaves transform into a bountiful array of beautiful colors followed by the leaves falling from the trees and painting the ground in autumn colors.  It is one of the most breathtaking seasons of the year to travel and take in natures beauty.

But hold on!  This season has its own unique hazards that accompany all of this beauty.  The first thing to remember is that leaves upon the highway are slippery.  Wet leaves on the highway are extremely slippery and can be like driving on ice.

Another area to watch out for it is Halloween season where there are lots of young children running around in small towns and cities.  The costumes often obscure the children’s peripheral vision and the child’s focus is on getting candy not vehicles.  Lots of crazy things can happen on "mischief night".

The next area is something I dealt with on a regular basis as my normal route took me through the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  You may wonder what this hazard is?  It is the leaf watcher! Yes, leaf watching season is soon upon us and it is time to keep an eye out for vehicles who are focused on taking in our planet's beauty than staying in their lane. The leaf watcher is even more of a problem today than they were years ago because today their phone has a camera and video which I too often see being used while they are driving.

Be careful as we progress through the fall season.  Remember to keep an eye out for wet leaves, trick-or-treaters, and the highly distracted leaf watcher.

As we enter into the fall season don’t slip and fall in the Fall.

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Henry Albert

Henry Albert is the owner of Albert Transport, Inc., based in Statesville, NC. Before participating in the "Slice of Life" program, Albert drove a 2001 Freightliner Century Class S/Tâ„¢, and will use his Cascadia for general freight and a dry van trailer. Albert, who has been a trucker since 1983, was recognized by Overdrive as its 2007 Trucker of the Year.

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