Did you know? We are in the middle of deer migration and mating season which generally runs from October through December. Each Fall there is a dramatic increase in the movement of the deer population. As a result, more deer-vehicle collisions occur in this period than at any other time of year, so drivers need to be especially vigilant.
Colliding with a deer can cause a tremendous amount of damage to a vehicle. Also, deer can do damage by just darting out in front of a car and causing a driver to swerve and hit a ditch or tree.
Typically dawn and dusk are the times that present the highest risk because that's when deer are most active. However, deer are very unpredictable and cross in front of cars without any warning. Where there is one deer there are likely more in the area. The best thing to do is be constantly alert.
Here are a few tips that can help you avoid deer collisions. These tips may seem like common sense, but you would be surprised by how quickly common sense can be forgotten seconds right before an accident. Following these tips and remaining aware will save you the stress of an accident, deductible expenses, rental car expenses, and possible bodily injury.
Here are 3 tips to help you avoid deer related collisions:
- Slow down. In areas where you know deer are seen near roadways; try to drive about 5-10 mph below the posted speed limit.
- Scan the fields and road sides ahead of you. Again, deer are very unpredictable.
- When Possible drive with your high beams on. The high beams will reflect better in the eyes of the deer allowing you to spot them easier.
- Do not swerve your vehicle. If you believe impact is going to be unavoidable, do not swerve. Swerving can lead to a bigger claim and possible injury, if, for example, you end up hitting a ditch, a tree or worse, another car.