It's time to watch out for deer on the Southern Tier roadways. You may have noticed a lot more roadkill on the side of the road lately. it's time for animals to mate and get ready for winter!

That means we need to be vigilant. New York DOT guru Dave Hamburg stopped in to share some tips on how to prevent collisions with deer, so I thought I'd pass them on.

1. Drive defensively. Always be aware that deer could pop onto the road.

2. Do not honk your horn or flash lights at a deer you see. It could spook them and make them run right into you.

3. If you see one, there are probably more nearby. They travel together, so be prepared.

4. If a deer is in your path, do not swerve to avoid it. You could have a much more serious accident.

5. Do not tailgate. If a deer steps out in front of a car you are tailgating and you hit them, the ticket goes to you and probably a reckless driving citation. That is a costly mistake.

6. Drive for the conditions. If it is dawn or dusk, slow down.

7. No distracted driving! Put down all your technology toys and food. A split second could mean the difference between an wreck and avoiding it.

More than anything, just be cautious. Happy motoring.