CAUTION! Be on the lookout for deer
Fast fact: 50 percent of all vehicle accidents involving white-tailed deer happen between October and December, a spike that coincides with the animal’s mating season.
With that in mind, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is urging drivers to be extra careful when they venture onto area roadways this fall.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Deer are most active between sunset and sunrise.
- Deer often travel in groups, so if you see one, there’s a good change others are lurking nearby.
- It’s common to see deer in areas where you’ve seen them before.
- Use high-beam headlights when you can, and be on the lookout for deer.
- Be extra careful near wooded areas, hills and blind turns.
- If you do see deer, don’t swerve. (Many serious accidents occur when drivers swerve suddenly, only to hit something else.)
- Be mindful of traffic signs warning about deer.