Safety Keys

Safety along the PA Turnpike is our priority. If you are ever in need of emergency assistance while on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, please dial Star (*) 11 from a cell phone to reach the operations center. If possible, please be ready to communicate your milepost (markers are every tenth of a mile along the shoulder) and the direction of travel to the dispatcher.

Falling Leaves

  • The trees that line the PA Turnpike are a beautiful sight to see in the fall season. But when the leaves fall onto the roadway, they can potentially cause dangerous driving conditions. When rain hits the fallen leaves, they become slippery. Please be careful when driving over wet leaves and avoid breaking, when possible.

Deer Season

  • Deer-vehicle accidents peak in late October through November. Be alert for deer crossing signs and never drive distracted, especially during the morning and evening commuting hours when visibility is lessened, and deer are most active. When driving at night with no oncoming cars use your high-beam headlights to give you advanced warning of a deer on the road.

Hunting Season

  • Pennsylvania is home to vast acres of wildlife and is a hunter’s paradise. While traveling the PA Turnpike you may spot a potentially fruitful hunting spot. But you are not allowed to park on the PA Turnpike to go hunting, or ever. It is a safety hazard and will result in a citation. Visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s website for information and maps of state game lands.


  • Want to learn the rules of the road? Check out the Daily Driving Practices.
  • In an accident or having car troubles? Here’s what to do, click here.
  • Pay particular attention in Work Zones. You can save lives and avoid costs, click here.

Travel conditions

  • Road conditions are constantly changing, so the PA Turnpike wants to make sure you are informed before you head out the door and while traveling.
  • The Travel Conditions Map allows you to view current roadway conditions and advisories for the stretch of Turnpike on which you will be traveling.
  • Check our travel alerts Twitter feed for up to date traffic conditions information.
  • Pay attention to any Dynamic Message Sign (DMS.) DMS are the large electronic message signs you see along the roadway. We use DMS to warn motorists of approaching traffic congestion, accidents, weather alerts, safety messages and more.