Topeka Kansans are getting advice on driving safely during deer mating season.
The AAA notes that deer cause 1.6 million vehicle crashes annually.
The Insurance Information Institute says such accidents average $3,000 in damages.
Deer accidents spike from October through December, during mating season.
KAKE-TV in Wichita reported that AAA executive vice president Jim Hanni says it’s essential for drivers to stay alert and focused. If there’s no oncoming traffic, they should use high-beam lights at night.
Deer often move in groups, so if a driver sees one, there may be more around the animal.
If a driver can’t avoid a collision, it’s best to brake firmly and stay in the same lane. Swerving often increases damage.