Could Deer Mating Season Lead to More Car Accidents?

It’s deer mating season. But what does that have to do with you?

Potentially a lot. One in 94 drivers will strike a deer in Virginia. That means you could find yourself in a serious accident should you cross paths with the overactive animals.

Virginia Department of Transportation – VDOT – is increasing warning signs throughout the Commonwealth now through December, when mating season ends. Be on the lookout for warning signs along the side of the road from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. that’s when deer are most likely to be active. Reduce your speed when you see these signs, and be on the lookout for any wildlife approaching. Turn on your bright headlights in particularly rural spots.

What should you do if you spot a deer in the road ahead? Experts say that maintaining control of your vehicle should be your first priority. It’s our instinct to veer away from critters in the road, but a last minute decision to swerve could land you in real danger. Swerving into traffic could cause a collision, and swerving off road could land you in a ditch – or worse.

Instead, calmly guide your vehicle through the best course of action. If you have time, switch on your hazard lights to let folks behind you know that you’re encountering an obstruction in the road. If you do strike a deer, contact law enforcement so they know about the incident.

Of course, the easiest way to keep safe in collisions with animals is to wear your seat belt at all times. Regardless of deer mating season, that should always be the first thing you do when you get behind the wheel!

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