The northeastern US is a lovely part of our country and towns around our area are constantly topping the lists of best towns in America to live/start a family, etc. whether it’s West Chester, Malvern or Media, we have it pretty good. Other parts of the country have to deal with hurricanes, wildfires, flooding and tornadoes. In this area, we are at a pretty low risk for all of those. So other than Philly sports, there is n’t much to worry about (Go Eagles!). And though the likelihood of having to dodge a tornado on 202 is low, the chance of running across a deer or three on your way to and from work is pretty darn high — especially this time of year.

A recent State Farm study revealed that the average PA driver has a 1 in 63 chance of striking a deer over a year’s time. That puts our state third on the list! The most dangerous time of the year for this is October through December when deer are more active around dawn and dusk. This is the time of the year known as the rut, when deer are a little more fearless in their search for a mate as well as their search for food in advance of winter.

Looking to avoid an unplanned, high speed meeting with a deer? Follow these handy tips as recommended from State Farm:

  • Slow down, particularly at dusk and dawn.
  • If you see one deer, be prepared for more deer to cross the road.
  • Pay attention to deer crossing signs.
  • Always buckle up – every trip, every time.
  • Use your high beams to see farther, except when there is oncoming traffic.
  • Brake if you can, but avoid swerving. This can result in a more severe crash.
  • Remain focused on the road. Scan for hazards, including animals.
  • Avoid distractions. Devices or eating might cause you to miss seeing an animal.
  • Do not rely on products such as deer whistles. They are not proven effective.
  • If riding a motorcycle, always wear protective gear. Keep focus on the road ahead.