Autumn means football and cooler weather, but IDOT is warning drivers that it also means mating season for Illinois deer, which brings a drastic increase in the chances for deer vs. vehicle crashes.
According to IDOT, 41 percent of Illinois crashes in 2016 involved deer in the months of October, November and December, with November being the highest-risk month.
"Deer can dart in front of a vehicle in the blink of an eye," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. "It's instinctual to swerve out of the way, but in doing so, drivers could lose control of the vehicle and cause a more severe crash. If you're attentive and watchful for deer encounters, these safety tips could make all the difference."
Motorists are urged to follow these safe driving tips during mating season:
• Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to deer crossing signs.
• Scan the sides of the road for eye shine – the reflection of headlights in the eyes.
• Slow down if you see deer. They travel in groups, so more are likely in the area.
• Prepare for the unexpected. Deer can stop in the middle of the road or double back.
• If a collision is inevitable, try to glance the vehicle off the deer and avoid swerving into the opposite lanes of traffic.
More safe driving tips can be viewed by clicking here.