Are you one of many like me who have had the unfortunate experience of hitting a deer with your vehicle? I was lucky for about the first 20 years or so as a licensed driver before a deer and my vehicle had a head-to-head encounter.

As a matter of fact, I hit another deer about a month later after colliding with the first deer. The first time was on the way home from a school dance on a rural road in Pennsylvania. Fortunately, the damage was minor, and the deer continued through the woods, so that was the end of that.

The second time I hit a deer, it was on the way to a school dance in Pennsylvania on a rural road. See the pattern beginning to form here? I was driving at about 55 miles per hour and suddenly a deer bolted out of the woods and I had no chance to stop or react.

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And the funny thing about it, when I hit that deer, it sailed through the air and over the guard rail like I just booted a football through the goal post. Score! Well, the front of my van didn't fare so well.

Anyway, according to the New York State Department of Transportation, October through December are the months that see two-thirds of all deer collisions in a year since its breeding season.

The NYSDMV has tips to help you avoid that deer-to-vehicle collision. The peak times for deer crossings occur at dawn and dusk, so be extra careful to look out for deer. Also, if you see deer on the roadside, slow down. You don't know what direction they may take, and if you see one, be aware there may be more.

And the New York State Department of Transportation suggests that if you pass deer on the roadside or in the road, warn other drivers by activating your emergency lights or flashing your headlights.

via New York State Department Of Transportation

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