This question is very timely! Deer are active throughout the year, but especially in the fall during the time of their rut. That’s when male deer are on the move looking for mates. And with the sun setting earlier, people are spending more time driving in the dark, increasing the risk of a wildlife collision.
A quick online search shows the importance of exercising caution when driving:
“Car collisions with wildlife are getting worse in Ontario” (The Globe and Mail, July 1, 2018)
“In British Columbia, the number of wildlife vehicle collisions is increasing…” (Wildlife Collision Prevention Program)
“Collisions with animals on N.B. roads have nearly doubled this spring” (Global News, April 10, 2017)
Now is a good time to remind ourselves of some important tips for avoiding deer on the road and arriving safely at our destination. Deer tend to be most active at dawn and dusk, but you should always be alert when driving.
Watch for deer in ditches and along both sides of the road. Deer that approach cars from the right side of the road are usually easier to avoid than deer that approach from the left. As drivers, we tend to pay more attention to the right because it’s the side we’re driving on and because our headlights illuminate it better.