By Susan Koomar
It's time for the annual warning from PennDOT to watch out for deer that are on the move for mating season.
Deer are most active between dusk and dawn in October and November. Plus, it's getting dark earlier so it's more difficult to see deer when you are driving.
More than 3,000 crashes involving deer were reported in 2010 in Pennsylvania, resulting in more than 600 injuries and eight fatalities, PennDOT statistics show.
PennDOT offers these deer safety tips:
- Watch for the telltale glow of a deer's eyes in the dark.
- Deer travel in groups and in single file so, if you see one, be prepared for more to follow.
- If you see a deer, slow down, tap your brakes to warn others and sound your horn to move the deer.
- Deer fixate on headlights - flashing them may cause the deer to move out of harm's way.