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It’s a Deer’s World, and We Only Drive in It

A deer crossing a road​November has arrived​, bringing with it pictures of turkeys, pumpkin spice everything, and deer mating season. It's the time of year when deer are most active, which means it's the time of year when the most deer-vehicle crashes occur in Minnesota. There were 6,218 reported crashes in Minnesota over the five-year period from 2016 to 2020, resulting in 18 deaths and 124 serious injuries. How best to avoid dying in a deer-vehicle crash? That depends on what you're driving. 

Our blog will explain what to do if you encounter a deer on the road, and how to survive if a crash is inevitable.


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​Expect the unexpected by wearing full protective gear, having a riding strategy and polishing your riding skills. Deer are more active​ in the fall, and motorcyclists should be extra cautious when out riding.