If you live in New Jersey, chances are you've seen a lot more deer hanging around as of late. That's because mating season is now underway in the Garden State, so it's especially important now to exercise caution while driving on the roads.

SNJToday.com reports that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife issued a cautionary reminder to New Jersey drivers to keep your eyes peeled for deer as mating season begins.

According to NJDEP, peak rutting season for New Jersey deer runs from late October through mid-December. During this time, deer are more likely to dart out into roadways, especially in the early mornings and around sunset when it can be harder to spot them out.

So if you see deer hanging around the roads, (SPOILER ALERT: You will.) be careful. The NJDEP reminds you to:

  • Slow down and watch out for sudden movements if you see them by the roads
  • Look out for deer crossing signs
  • Use your bright beams at night when there is no oncoming traffic
  • Don't tailgate. (which by the way, you should never do, and you suck if you do it at all)
  • If it looks like you're about to collide with a deer, don't swerve to avoid impact. The deer may suddenly counter-maneuver. Stay in your lane and hit the brakes. Collisions are actually more likely to be fatal when you swerve.
  • Obey the hands-free law. AKA, don't text and drive and don't talk on the phone with your hand. It's distracting and it cuts down your reaction time.
  • Always wear your seat belt. Always.

Yeah they're cute and it's kind of cool to see them grazing in the grass, but if they're by the roads, beware. Exercise caution for your safety and their safety as well.