Safe Driving Tip – Deer Season

August 24th, 2017 / John Lee / Comments Off on Safe Driving Tip – Deer Season

During Deer Mating and Migration Season

August 24, 2017

Safe Driving Tips During Deer Mating and Migration Season

  • Use extra caution in known deer zones – Drive with caution when moving through deer-crossing zones, in areas known to have a large deer population and in areas where roads divide agricultural fields from forestland. Pay attention to Wildlife Crossing signs as they are there for a good reason. If you see one deer, expect a second or third to follow since deer often move in groups.
  • Slow down – Reducing speed and maintaining a constant lookout for animals is the best way to avoid collisions. Travel at a speed that will allow you to stop in time if a deer comes into the beam cast by your headlights. Give the animal time and room to move off the road and don’t try to outrun it.
  • Always wear your seatbelt – The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that in a study of fatal animal crashes, 60 percent of people killed were not wearing a seatbelt. Sixty-five percent of people killed in animal related crashes while riding motorcycles were not wearing a helmet.
  • At night, use high beams – When driving at night, use high beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic. The high beams will better illuminate the eyes of any deer on or near the roadway. If you encounter a deer, switch your headlights to low beam so that the animals are not blinded and will move out of your way.
  • Dusk and dawn are high risk times – Be especially attentive from sunset to midnight and during the hours shortly before or after sunrise. These are the highest risk times for deer-vehicle collisions when deer are on the move and driver visibility is affected.
  • Avoid swerving when you see a deer – Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or lose control of their cars.
  • Scan the road – Even if your car is not the first to collide with the deer, you are still at risk. Multiple deer crashes can occur when deer fly over the vehicle it collides with and lands on another car or when a deer collision causes a chain reaction where vehicles collide into the car that hit the deer.  Practice defensive driving tactics and be observant of your surroundings while driving.