ARLINGTON, Va. - October is now one of the deadliest months of the year on roadways across the country, AAA Mid-Atlantic says.
Making matters even more concerning is that experts have no idea why.
"That did not occur during the 80s, the 90s, but now in this decade, it's manifesting itself," said John Townsend of AAA Mid-Atlantic.
He added that the deadliest months of the year used to be July and August, largely due to people driving more miles during the summer months. August remains the deadliest month in most years, but Townsend said October has replaced July.
"We're not going anywhere," he said, "so why are we killing ourselves on the highway?"
There is no obvious solution to the problem, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. But Townsend said no matter the time of year, drivers should always be sure to keep their eyes on the road.
"You need to be totally vigilant in October," he said. "As if you were driving in a snow storm in January."