Pennsylvania is ranked the third state in the country for the highest number of deer collisions, with the odds of hitting one in the Keystone State 1 in 52. Not only can deer collisions cause damage to your vehicle, but they can also cause serious injuries and fatalities. 

Using extra caution when driving this time of year and knowing a little about how and when deer move can help to lower your risk of a run-in with a deer this season. Keep these four fast facts in mind while on the road.

1. Deer Are Most Active from October to January

The fall and winter months are especially dangerous times to be out on the road, for several reasons:

  • Deer mating season and hunting season propel deer into a more active state than usual.
  • The sun sets much earlier this time of year, making it more difficult to see deer crossing the road.

According to AAA, November and December are the peak months for deer collisions in Pennsylvania. Read some good tips posted by TribLive to lower your chances of hitting a deer while driving this time of year.

2. Deer Are Crepuscular

Crepuscular animals are active during twilight – early morning dawn and evening dusk hours. Combine this with the fact that it is darker and harder to see animals crossing the road during these times, and it’s easy to see why deer collisions become such a problem this time of year.

3. “Deer Crossing” Signs Indicate a High Traffic Area for Deer

These yellow signs aren’t put up at random. They are placed at known spots where deer tend to cross the road. Use extra caution when navigating these areas, especially at dusk and dawn. 

4. Deer Are Herd Animals 

Herd animals usually travel in groups. So if you see one cross the road, slow down because there are likely more following behind it.