Even the most careful driver is vulnerable to run-ins with wildlife on the road. Every November, this threat becomes a greater issue: The month falls within deer mating season and deer hunting season, both factors that push the animals into areas where they wouldn’t normally wander. Because of this, the chances of getting into a deer-related collision are especially high.
It’s important to stay alert behind the wheel no matter what time of year it is, but to better avoid deer specifically, The Dodo recently shared some helpful insights. First and foremost, remember that if you see one deer, there are usually more close behind. Deer travel together, so slow down and remain cautious long after you see one disappear into the woods.
Being crepuscular creatures, deer are most active at dawn and twilight, making the hour between 5 and 6 p.m. the most common time for deer collisions. It’s also the most common time for accidents in general, so be sure to flick your high beams on and keep your eyes peeled once the sun goes down.
In addition to skittish, hormone-addled deer, November also brings with it colder temperatures. When the thermometer dips beneath 32 degrees while it's raining, black ice can form. This type of ice is extremely dangerous because it is difficult to spot, so survey the pavement before you get into your car. Here are some more road safety tips worth following all year round.
[h/t The Dodo]