Fall means more deer-auto collisions. Here’s what suburban drivers can do to stay safe.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is warning drivers to be alert to avoid collisions with deer this fall.

“Deer activity and the likelihood of deer-vehicle collisions increase between October and December during deer mating season,” forest district ecologist Brian Kraskiewicz said in a statement. “Please be more aware of deer crossing roads, especially between 6 and 9 p.m. and at dawn.”

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

The district cited a study from State Farm Insurance that ranked Illinois as 34th in the nation for deer-vehicle accidents in 2019 — a 1-in-144 chance of having a collision, an increase from a 1-in-200 chance in 2018.

The district also warned that even though many new cars come with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, not all systems are designed to recognize large animals.

To lower the risk of hitting a deer or to minimize damages, the forest district shared these reminders and tips for drivers:

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