Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tips to Avoid a Deer Collision

Fall is here and the deer are frolicking!  Mating season tends to spike from October through December, so they are on the move more than any other time of the year.  Unfortunately, they don't have any street smarts, so deer collisions happen frequently.  However, there are some things you can do to avoid hitting one.

  1. Be most cautious at dawn and dusk--the times the deer are most active.  Unfortunately, they are also harder to see at these times.  But don't be fooled, sometimes they are out at anytime.
  2. Be aware of the area you are traveling.  If there are farms or wooded areas alongside the road, there are likely deer nearby.  However, these days, they are also showing up in neighborhoods in town.
  3. If you see one, there are most likely more.  Deer like to travel in groups.
  4. Don't swerve.  Just hit the brakes firmly.  Often times, swerving causes you to lose control of the car and end up in an accident that would be worse than hitting a deer.
  5. If you see deer crossing signs, be forewarned.  The signs are up for a reason!

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