Fall has planted itself firmly in Michigan, but amidst this natural splendor and beauty, there's a hidden danger on the roadways. As the deer rut season kicks into high gear, our roads become a battleground between the deer and our cars.

You may have noticed deer in the area being a bit more noticeable and almost nonchalant even at times lately. You may think they're getting more aggressive and bold, but in reality, their minds are just somewhere else. Michigan's wilderness comes alive during the rut season, as deer roam more freely in search of mates. While this spectacle of nature is awe-inspiring, it also brings an increased risk of car-deer accidents.

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According to Oakland County officials, the majority of our deer-vehicle collisions occur from late October through November when “the rut” is on. During that time bucks and does are hormonally triggered into increased activity as their focus turns to reproduction.

"In 2022, more than 58,000 vehicle-deer crashes occurred across Michigan in rural, suburban, and city settings. About 80 percent of those crashes were on two-lane roads. Because deer are most active at dawn and dusk, it is not surprising that most traffic crashes involving deer happen from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.." said Michigan.gov.

The best advice is for drivers to stay vigilant and keep their eyes. open a little more right now for deer darting across the road. Keep your eyes peeled, especially during dawn and dusk when visibility can be challenging. Michigan.gov advises drivers to never swerve since doing so can cause you to lose control of your vehicle and result in a more serious accident. It's best to brake firmly and remain in your lane.

If you do hit a deer, be sure to assess the damage and call the police and your insurance company. You can get more information on what to do here. Remember, it's not just about protecting your vehicle, but also safeguarding the lives of these beautiful creatures and yourself.

Share this message with your loved ones and help spread awareness about the importance of cautious driving during the deer rut season. Stay safe out there, Michigan!

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