The months of October and November are arguably the most beautiful months of the year, especially in the Northeast. However, they can also be the most deceptively hazardous time on the road for drivers. While the winter months may have a worse reputation for dangerous road conditions, the seasonal threats of late autumn weather can rival that of wintry weather.
- Deer and other animals on the roads
Autumn is the peek period for deer-vehicle collisions. After three years of decline, crashes involving deer increased in Pennsylvania and nationally last year. Mating and hunting seasons, and the impending end of daylight-saving time, create the “perfect storm” for drivers. The deer’s annual breeding season typically peaks in November, spilling over into October and December as well. Experts say drivers need to be especially aware around dawn and in the late afternoon and early evening when deer are more active, less cautious, and movement is at its highest.