Posted on 10/16/2017 at 03:33 PM by Troy Cummings
With the arrival of cooler temperatures and crop harvest, deer season is starting in different parts of the country. Below is a 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 when driving at dawn and dusk. This is when deer are most active and driver visibility is poor. Unfortunately, this means deer are 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 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, you can expect more.
- Use your flashers or headlight to warn approaching drivers when deer are spotted on or near the road.
- Exercise 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.
Written by Greg Edwards