Deer breeding season takes place from October through January; which means they are more active and on the move. During dawn and dusk are when you are more likely to come across a deer. This is the time of year when drivers need to be extra cautious when taking to the street. Here are some tips that may help you when encountering a deer on the open road:
Slow Down: When driving through an area that is known for having a high deer population, it’s best to keep to the posted speed limit. Watching your speed can help your reaction time and gives you more time to brake if an animal jumps in front of you.
Wear Your Seatbelt: It’s already a good idea to wear your seatbelt while driving, but if there is no way to avoid hitting a deer, wearing your seatbelt could be the only thing standing between you and serious injuries.
Watch for Deer Eyes: Deer, like many animals have eyes that glow at night. If you are driving along and see a pair along the roadside, slow down.
Moving a Stopped Deer: Deer can become entranced by constant bright lights. So, if you see a “deer in the headlights”, it’s recommended that you flash you headlights or give your horn on long blast to scare them out of the road.
Watch for Deer Crossing Signs: Those signs are placed there for a reason.
Never Swerve: If you come across a deer at the last second, don’t swerve. Swerving can confuse deer on where to run and can increase the chance of a head on collision with another vehicle. Swerving can also raise the risk of ending up in a ditch or the side of a tree.
There’s Never Just One: If you see one deer cross in front of you, expect there to be more. Deer usually travel in groups, so if one crosses the road, slow down and be cautious.
Colliding With a Deer: If you do collide with a deer and injuries occur, contact emergency services. If there are no injuries, contact the local police to report the incident. Also, report the accident to your insurance company as soon as you can.
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