It's always smart to be on the lookout for deer while driving, but extra awareness is needed over the next few couple of months.

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Their mating season runs from October to December, and deer don't think twice before darting into traffic.

Most deer-vehicle collisions occur during the month of November, according to State Farm data, followed by October.

The latest State Farm calculation finds New Jersey motorists have a 1-in-210 chance of hitting a deer on the road. Despite the tens of thousands of deer in New Jersey, the Garden State ranks 33rd among the states.

For the seventh year in a row, deer-vehicle collisions are most probable in West Virginia. Drivers there are dealing with 1-in-41 odds. Pennsylvania, New Jersey's neighbor, ranks fifth (1 in 77).

"Deer collisions normally happen between 6 and 9 p.m.," advised State Farm's Arlene Lester. "Deer are moving a lot more at that time of the day."

AVOID A DEER - Tips from the Insurance Information Institute:

  • Keep in mind that deer generally travel in herds - if you see one, there is a strong possibility others are nearby.
  • Be aware of posted deer crossing signs. These are placed in active deer crossing areas.
  • Use high beam headlamps as much as possible at night to illuminate the areas from which deer will enter roadways.
  • If a deer collision seems inevitable, attempting to swerve out of the way could cause you to lose control of your vehicle or place you in the path of an oncoming vehicle.
  • Don't rely on car-mounted deer whistles.