We’ve officially entered peak deer collision season, which means drivers should be extra careful when driving—especially in the Midwest. According to State Farm, Minnesota and our neighboring states—Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Iowa—are in the top 10 states for deer collisions. Additionally, October and November typically have the highest number of insurance claims related to animal collisions.

To help you stay safe, we’ve put together some tips for driving this fall.

  • Drivers should be alert at all times, but especially at dawn and dusk. Deer are most active around those times.
  • Always wear your seat belt and properly buckle up the kids in their car or booster seats.
  • When you see one deer, assume there will be more. Slow down and continue to drive slowly as you pass that area.
  • Look out for deer crossing signs, which indicate you’re in an area where there’s been a high level of deer collision in the past.
  • In general, drivers should reduce their speeds in wooded areas, around parks, or near ponds/lakes, which is where deer tend to hang out.
  • Use your high beams when applicable. This helps you see farther ahead in case a deer does cross your path.

If you can’t avoid hitting the deer, make sure you stay in your lane. Swerving could cause you to turn into the path of another vehicle or cause you to lose control. Statistically, drivers are more likely to survive a collision with a deer than another vehicle in a head-on crash. As soon as it’s safe, you should then pull over to access the damage. If there’s smoking or your car is making new noises, then you should call an auto body shop to have it towed there for an inspection. Even if you only see a dent in your bumper, there could be hidden damage that will leave you stranded on the road later. It’s always best to get your vehicle checked out after a collision.

If you’re in the Southern Twin Cities, stop by our Eagan, MN location for auto body repairs. Superior Collision Center can help with any auto body needs whether the damage is superficial or from a serious crash.