November is both a good and bad month for deer. It kicks off the start of mating season, but also happens to be the start of deer hunting season and the month with the most deer-related crashes, according to State Farm.
If you find yourself driving the winding and many, many roads of Texas this month, keep these tips in mind for a safe trip:
- Buckle up! Not only is it the law in Texas, it’ll make sure you’re safe in the event that you do encounter a deer on the road.
- Deer are more likely to be active between the hours of 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and midnight. Be extra alert if you’re driving during these times.
- If driving through a deer-crossing zone at night, use your brights. Bright lights will increase your visibility and better your chances of spotting any deer before impact.
- Decrease your speed when driving through a deer-crossing zone and be ready to brake if you spot any deer on the roadside.
- Deer travel in packs. If you spot one, rest assured there are more nearby.