Watch Out For Deer!
You have a higher probability of hitting a deer with your car in North Dakota than in most states.
According to a list compiled by State Farm Insurance, the probability of motorists hitting a deer ranks North Dakota 11th out of all 50 states. With deer mating season happening during the months of October, November, and December, the chances of colliding with a large animal increase on the roads.
State Farm has provided the following tips to avoid such a problem:
- Slow down, particularly at dusk and dawn
- If you see one deer, be prepared for more deer to cross the road
- Pay attention to deer crossing signs
- Always buckle up, every trip, every time
- Use your high beams to see farther, except when there is oncoming traffic
- Brake if you can, but avoid swerving, which could result in a more severe crash
- Remain focused on the road, scanning for hazards, including animals
- Avoid distractions, like devices or eating, which might cause you to miss seeing an animal
- Do not rely on products such as deer whistles, which are not proven effective
- If riding a motorcycle, always wear protective gear and keep focus on the road ahead
The probability of hitting a deer or large animal in North Dakota is 1 in 91. West Virginia topped the list with a probability of 1 in 41.