ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Deer-vehicle collisions spike at this time of year. The risk of being involved in a crash with a deer doubles in November.

Why?

This is mating season for deer, also known as the rut. When deer go into the rut, bucks lose focus on everything but does, and they are more prone to run out into roadways.

What can you do to reduce the risk?

Here are some tips from wildlife and safety experts:

  • Slow down while driving, especially in area where deer are commonly found
  • Stay alert
  • Be ready to brake

One other piece of advice, if you see a deer in the roadway, do not veer. Safety experts say veering at high speed to avoid a deer can result in a wreck. Instead, hold the wheel, maintain your lane, and brake firmly until your vehicle has come to a controlled stop.