Deer Season Causes Increased Traffic Risks
For many people, the weeks between Halloween and New Year’s Eve are among the happiest of the whole year. With families celebrating the winter holidays, though, more and more people take to the open road to visit loved ones. It’s not just humans that have an increased presence on the roadways this time of year: deer, too, are more likely to be found along roads and highways across the region.
Why? It’s mating season. November is, in fact, the most dangerous month of the year for deer-related traffic accidents. Deer are naturally more active this time of year, and are more likely to be found on back roads. Even when on the watch for deer, motorists can quickly lose control of their vehicles when they swerve to avoid hitting one. Most active at dusk, deer up their activity levels between 6 and 9 PM. Coincidentally, this is also prime rush hour, contributing to an already tricky problem.
If you’re hoping to avoid colliding with one of these animals, consider using your brights on back roads where traffic is light. It will help you spot deer sooner, giving you more time to react safely. Always drive the speed limit, and consider reducing your speed when you see animal crossing signs. Should you spot the glittering eyes of a deer in the distance, do all you can to maintain control of your car. Avoiding swerving and overcorrecting, and stay aware of other vehicles to the side and back of your car.
We can all have a safe, happy holiday season with just a little more care given to the crossings of local animals.
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