According to a recent study, the number of fatal car-deer accidents has doubled since 1993. Fall is the time of year with the most car-deer accidents, so it is important to keep a careful lookout for deer and other animals on the road. Several traffic studies have recommended that drivers should not swerve to avoid hitting a deer. Instead, they should grip the steering wheel firmly and attempt to brake as best as they can. Because of risks of either swerving into another car or losing control of the vehicle and going off the road, it is important always better to hit the deer head on than to swerve erratically in an attempt to avoid it.