It has happened to a lot of people: You're driving along, and see the reflecting eyes of a deer on the side of the road; you're just hoping they don't run in front of your car.
In November, you'll want to keep your eyes peeled. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, November is a peak month for deer-car collisions. In 2015, there were nearly 4,800 crashes in Ohio in the month of November.
Deer are most active at dusk and dawn. Here are the peak hours for those crashes: 6-7 a.m., 6-7 p.m., and 8-9 p.m.
The Department of Motor Vehicles has tips to help you avoid a deer crash:
- Slow down when passing yellow animal-crossing signs;
- Look for reflecting eyes;
- Keep in mind that deer wander in groups. If you see one crossing, slow to a crawl; there may be more to follow;
- Experts advise not swerving