The next time you drive, statistics say you should be extra cautious. This is the time of year when your chances of crashing into a deer are the highest.
Rice Street between Sioux Falls and Brandon is the most likely place for a South Dakota driver to hit a deer and drivers know it.
"Yeah, coming to Brandon all the time on Rice Street, they're either coming at you or stopping at the ditches right by you," driver Elly Miles said.
But the latest State Farm Insurance analysis of deer-related crash data shows a nearly 13-percent decrease in the likelihood of hitting a deer in the state. But don't celebrate that too quickly as South Dakota drivers rank as the fourth most likely to hit a deer.
"I've had a few close calls, but luckily I've seen them in time. My dad seems to be getting the worst of it," driver Chris Johansen said.
Drivers should take note because this is the time of year when you're most likely to encounter a deer on the road and there are several reasons for that. One is that the deer are being chased out of the fields as the harvest picks up. Another reason is this is the time of year when deer mate, so safety is the last thing on their mind.
"I try to avoid night, around dusk I guess, when they're usually coming out of the fields," Miles said.
"I usually try to watch out when I can and go a little bit slower in dark areas, but I've been lucky this year," Johansen said.
Being extra cautious is a recommendation made by those behind the insurance study. But as South Dakota drivers know, you can't control the deer.
"I don't know, I guess it's all chance, I think," Miles said.
But it's up to drivers to do what they can to give them the best odds.
The study also shows Iowa drivers should take note as the Hawkeye state surpasses South Dakota and is now number three on the list of most likely drivers to hit a deer.
A collision with a deer causes an average of $3,414 in damage.