Don’t Test Your Luck, Watch Out For Buck!
Tips and Tricks to help avoid deer collision:
- Be particularly alert during mating season. More than half of the crashes happen when deer are mating, and in May and June during the birthing season.
- Be vigilant at dusk and at dawn. A high percentage of crashes occur during the low-light or dark hours of the day when deer move between daytime bedding sites and evening feeding areas.
- Slow down and scan the sides of the road and ditches for animals when driving through forested lands or near river and stream banks.
- Drive defensively and expect the unexpected. If you see a deer near the road, slow down because it might dart in front of you. And, if there is one deer, there may be more nearby.
- Don’t swerve. While it may seem like the right thing to do, swerving to avoid a deer could cause you to lose control or travel into the path of another vehicle. Striking a deer is safer than colliding with another vehicle or a tree.