AAA has released a report analyzing New York crash data from the past year. The report finds that October, November, and December are by far the peak months for deer-related car crashes.
Between October and December 2016 alone, there were 9,720 deer crashes across the state – the equivalent to one deer crash every fifteen minutes.
Drivers should be especially cautious after dark, as the report cites that 84% of deer crashes occur at night, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
AAA recommends drivers follow these tips to avoid deer-related accidents:
- Scan the shoulders of the road in front of you. Deer may dash out from the shoulder or wooded areas adjacent to the road. They often travel in herds.
- Follow the speed limit. Keeping your speed down will give you more time to respond to unexpected wildlife movements.
- If a collision is unavoidable, apply the brakes firmly and remain in your lane. Swerving sharply to avoid an animal can often cause a more serious crash.