There should be a term, if there isn't already, for the fender benders (and worse) caused by leaf peepers behind the wheel. Note to prospective peepers: Driving and leaf peeping do not make a good combination! Take advantage of those tour busses, it's safer and much more enjoyable. The masses of people coming from abroad are in for a real treat this year. The exchange rate is in their favor and here in the NE the colors have been exceptional. Maybe it was the plentiful rain we had this year; whatever the cause, this has been the nicest autumn I can remember in a good while.
One of the online sources I whizzed through talked about the ratio of rain at night to sunny, not-windy day, blah blah, frost vs. not frost, etc., almost scientifically! I guess the trees need moisture so the leaves don't shrivel, but hard, driving rains and accompanying winds accelerate leaf drop.
You're right, though, about the fender-bending leaf-peepers! (Shades of Dr. Suess?) Peeps of leaf, your fender's bent! When you leaf-peep, don't you dent!
There are usually plenty of pull-out places provided; don't create your own, but use the ones already in the road. Thank you for your helpful reminder.