TOPEKA – Driving defensively during the deer mating season is a must for Kansas drivers.
The reality of driving on Kansas roads and highways this time of year is the possible encounter with a deer. That can happen whether you live in Johnson County in eastern Kansas or Johnson City in the southwestern part of the state.
A 2015 report from State Farm Insurance says that Kansas has the 18th-highest frequency in deer-vehicle mishaps in the United States. The chance of a driver having a vehicle collision with a deer in Kansas this fall is 1 in 125. The national rate is 1 in 169.
The average property damage from a deer-vehicle collision jumped 6 percent this year to $4,135, according to the current nationwide study.
Mid-fall and mid-spring are likely times of the year for deer to be seen on Kansas roadways, because of breeding habits during the fall and growth of vegetation during the spring. And, sunrise and sunset are the times that deer are most active.