Deer are lovely animals but in November they are a little crazy and that is because it is the deer mating season. Drivers should stay alert and be prepared because November is the month is which most car crashes involving deer happen. This is because they are in their mating season and they start walking around, searching for a mate without even noticing cars and other things on the road.
Deer mating season starts in October and lasts almost until January. During these months, deer are walking around, looking for a “partner” and drivers might hit them as the animals’ atttention is compromised by their mating instincts. The month that is reported to have the most deer-car crashes is November because that is the most important month in the deer mating season.
“Deer move more during fall months, although whether this is to secure breeding opportunities, or avoid hunting pressure is not totally clear,” said Sophie Gilbert, an assistant professor at the University of Idaho.
The areas in which accidents like this occur more often are Montana, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and West Virginia. If you are traveling it these areas you might want to be extra careful. In order to keep everybody safe and in one piece there are a few things that drivers should do. For instance, always use a seatbelt, because if you can’t avoid the crash and you hit a deer the seatbelt will keep you safe.
Deer usually walk around in groups which means that if you see one, another might be right around the corner. In order to avoid a crash, you might want to slow down once you see the first deer and wait for the others to come.
Deer are more active at dawn and dusk, especially during the deer mating season. This means that you need to be more careful in those times than in the middle of the day. Also, it is better to use high beams because it helps you see better and it scares off animals that are on the road.
Other things that most people don’t really take seriously are the signs on the road. In some areas, there are many signs that show just where deer might be encountered so watch out for them. If every driver uses these tips there will be less deer-car crashes in this deer mating season.
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