As a cooler breeze starts to sweep across Texas, it means more than just a change in seasons. It also brings on the beginning of deer mating season. Here in Texas, this time of year demands extra caution on the roads.

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I noticed that Geico Living listed ways to avoid deer collisions. Since we're coming up on that time of year, I figured now would be a good time to refresh us on some easy ways to keep the crashes to a minimum.

LOOK: 5 WAYS TO AVOID TEXAS DEER COLLISIONS DURING UPCOMING MATING SEASON

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Deer mating season in Texas usually kicks off in October and runs through December. This time is known as the "rut". It's when deer are most active in their search for a mate. This increased activity, especially during dawn and dusk, means they're more likely to dart across roads and highways.

If you're driving in Texas during these months, there are straightforward precautions you can take to help avoid dangerous and costly collisions.

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Stay Alert at Twilight Times

Deer are crepuscular creatures. This means they're most active around dawn and dusk. Practice special awareness during these times, keeping an extra eye out for any movement near the side of the road.


 

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Don't Ignore the Signs

Those deer crossing signs are there for a reason. They warn of areas where deer are frequently seen. Slow down and be on alert in these areas.


 

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Use Those High Beams

When there's no oncoming traffic, flip on your high beams. They can help illuminate deer, which gives you a better chance to spot and avoid them.


 

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Deer Often Move Together

If you see one deer, you can expect others to be close by. Slow down and pause to make sure the coast is clear.


 

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Don’t Swerve

If a deer darts in front of your vehicle, it's better to hit the deer than to swerve and risk the possibility of hitting another vehicle or losing control. Firmly brake, grip that steering wheel, and come to a controlled stop.

Additional information can be viewed in the short video from Geico below.

By taking some simple steps we can help prevent collisions on the road this season.

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