The fall has arrived and that means more deer and less daylight.
According to Penn Dot, PA leads the country with the highest number of deer related crashes.
But officials from Penn Dot warn there are also other dangers that come with the fall weather.
Daylight is disappearing, the air’s crisp, and leaves are changing which means new challenges for drivers.
“This is the time of year that most people don’t often think about. “
Fall brings shorter days, making visibility more difficult.
“You’ll have a lot more fog than you would in the winter or summer and with it getting darker earlier you might have some frost on the ground.
James May of PennDot, urges drivers to watch out for wet leaves, which can be as hazardous as ice on the roads.
“Many people fail to even think about slippery leaves and what that does to their stop times. “
And he points out, how important those stop times can be with all the wildlife in the area.
“This time of year, and with the deer breeding and getting ready for hunting season, you will see deer where we wouldn’t normally see deer. “
But there are still other obstacles drivers are facing on the roads.
“I have noticed that people really tailgate you, that’s a big problem for me. “
Phil Barr’s cautious behind the wheel, but it’s tough when someone is riding your bumper.
“Some people just don’t realize when they drive aggressive that your car is a weapon to the animals and to ourselves. “
PennDot preaches the four-second rule - leaving 4 seconds between you and the vehicle in front.
“It’s important you’re alert at all times and its also important you keep a safe distance from the car in front of you.
And for May, It is impossible to guarantee safety, but you can take these steps to minimize risk.
“NO matter how safe of safe of a driver you may be there might be another driver on road or deer even that might not be nearly as accommodating. "
May says, most importantly drivers must always wear their seat-belts.