Oh dear, it is deer season for deer Vs. car collisions in Tennessee

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Daylight Saving Time has ended for the year, meaning many commuters are heading home at dusk. In addition to headlight glare and heavy traffic, drivers also need to be on the lookout for deer, which are usually on the move.

In a previous State Farm study:

Tennessee drivers are about four percent less likely to collide with a deer than they were last year, according to new claims data from State Farm. The odds drivers will hit a deer in Tennessee are 1 out of 170, just below the national odds of 1 in 169.

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Using its claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm, the nation's leading auto insurer, estimates the state by state chances of any single American motorist striking a deer, elk or moose.

Nationwide, November is the most active month for deer, followed by October and December. While you can't prevent a deer from crossing your path, you can take action to minimize your chances of being in a collision with one:

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  • Use extra caution in known deer zones.

  • Always wear your seatbelt.

  • At night, when there is no oncoming traffic, use high beams.

  • Avoid swerving when you see a deer.

  • Scan the road for deer and other danger signs.

  • Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles.

And here are some deer facts that all drivers should know:

  • Deer are on all roads.

  • Deer are unpredictable.

  • Deer often move in groups.

  • Deer movement is most prevalent in the fall.

  • Dusk to dawn are high risk times.

For more safety tips and state-by-state statistics, please click here.

Methodology:

Using its claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm, the nation's leading auto insurer, calculates the chances of any single American motorist striking a deer, elk or moose during the time frame of July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The data has been projected for the insurance industry as a whole, based on the State Farm personal vehicle market penetration within each state. The State Farm data is based on comprehensive and collision claims only. Claims involving policyholders with liability insurance coverage only are not included.

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