Posted on 11/08/2016 at 09:16 AM by Dena Boelter
With the colder temperatures and deer season starting in different parts of the country, it’s time for our annual list of precautions drivers can take to reduce their chances of striking a deer:
- Brake to prevent damage, but DO NOT swerve! Maintain your lane. Slowing down safely can prevent additional damage.
- Use extreme caution if driving at dawn and dusk, when deer are most active and visibility is poor. This means deer are often most active during peak commuter traveling times.
The risk of deer/vehicle collisions is greatest during autumn and early winter. Two-thirds of these crashes occur in October, November, and December when deer movements peak due to the onset of the breeding season.
- Slow down when approaching deer standing near roadsides. Deer may "bolt" or change direction at the last minute.
- If you see a deer cross the road, slow down and use extreme caution. Deer often travel in groups - if you see one, expect more.
- Use flashers or a headlight signal to warn other drivers when deer are spotted on or near the road.
- Use caution and be alert when passing through areas marked with deer crossing signs. These signs are placed in areas that have shown a high incidence of deer/vehicle collisions in the past.
Submitted by Greg Edwards, Safety & Training Manager