Safety Keys

Staying safe while traveling the PA Turnpike this autumn may take some planning. 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 24/7. 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

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  • The trees that line the PA Turnpike are a beautiful sight to see in the fall season. But leaves falling onto the roadway can cause potentially 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

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  • 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

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  • 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 location. 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.