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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From boys to men: Tomy’s Choro-Q toy cars stay the distance : The Asahi Shimbun

A boy growing up in Japan in 1980s would have been tickled pink to get his hands on a Choro-Q toy car, also known as Penny Racers.

The magic was in revving the rear wheels backward to wind up a spring, which propelled the toy forward at dizzying speed when released.

Many of those boys, now middle-aged men, must have become misty-eyed at the thought that Sept. 9 marked the 40th anniversary of Choro-Q toy cars making their debut.

Mainstay Choro-Q products are now targeted at grown-ups, according to the manufacturer.

Choro-Q is the name of a line of minicars released in 1980 by Takara Co., a major toymaker that was later merged with Tomy Co.

Of the 3,000 Choro-Q models marketed to date, more than 150 million units have been sold, A Tomy representative said.

The prototype was born in 1979. The series was called the “Mame Dash” when

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U.S. auto sales stay on recovery path despite tight inventory

(Reuters) – Major U.S. automakers continued to show signs of a recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday as better-than-expected demand for new vehicles despite tight inventories at dealers helped boost third-quarter sales.

Despite posting lower quarterly sales, automakers said the recovery has been robust helped by strong demand for high-profit sports utility vehicles and pickup trucks.

However, rising COVID-19 cases in the United States have increased the uncertainty over a speedy economic recovery.

The third quarter is usually when the industry starts building new models, and piling up inventory for the holiday season. That transition is way behind the normal schedule this year.

General Motors Co <GM.N> reported a 10% fall in auto sales for the third quarter but said sales have improved sequentially each month within the quarter. GM does not break down monthly sales numbers.

The No.1 U.S. automaker said it sold 665,192 vehicles in the quarter,

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