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.