Vision Zero San Antonio Urges Vigilance During Deer Mating Season

Published on October 26, 2023

City of San Antonio Transportation Department  

SAN ANTONIO (October 26, 2023) – As we approach the fall season, Vision Zero San Antonio (Vision Zero SA) is reminding all drivers to be extra cautious on our roadways due to the increased risk of deer-related collisions during deer mating season. 

Deer mating season, which typically peaks from October through December, is a time when deer are more active and less cautious around roadways. San Antonio is the top city in the United States with the highest concentration of collisions between vehicles and animals, according to insurance studies.

“This heightened deer activity in the next several weeks significantly increases the risk of vehicle-deer collisions, posing a danger to drivers – especially motorcyclists,” said Sean Beauvais, Vision Zero Program Manager.

To minimize the risk of striking a deer, Vision Zero SA offers the following safety tips:

  1. Be Alert: Stay vigilant, particularly during dawn and dusk when deer are most active. Use your high beams when possible to increase visibility.
  2. Reduce Speed: Slow down, especially in areas with known deer populations. Reducing your speed will give you more time to react if a deer suddenly crosses the road.
  3. Stay in Your Lane: If you see a deer on the road, don't swerve to avoid it. Swerving can lead to more dangerous accidents. Apply the brakes steadily and honk your horn to scare the deer away.
  4. Watch for Others: Deer are often found in groups. If you see one deer, expect more to follow.
  5. Use Deer Whistles: Consider using deer whistles on your vehicle. These small devices emit a sound that can alert deer to your presence.
  6. Stay Informed: Pay attention to road signs and warnings, especially in areas with high deer populations. Some areas may have designated wildlife crossings.

Vision Zero SA urges all residents to take these precautions to protect themselves and their passengers during this heightened mating season. Beauvais says pedestrians and cyclists, too, should take precautions when walking in areas where deer are prevalent.

By following these guidelines, we can help reduce the number of crashes and ensure a safer driving experience for everyone.