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Reducing the Chance of Hitting a Deer

by | Jul 24, 2020 | Careful, Deer, Driving safe, Hitting a deer | 0 comments

During the summer the deer are more active in the evening and morning hours. Deer also will run across the road during the day or in the middle of the night, so always be on alert for them. If this does not seem bad enough, deer are even more active and more likely to cross the road in the fall. The combination of cars and deer can be lethal. As more roads are built, the more likely deer are displaced from their natural habitat. This is one of the reasons that collisions happen.

 

Remember if you are driving around a wooded area or place heavy with trees, there will be a chance that deer can jump out. If the trees are close to the road, there will be even less time to notice them approach the road. Also be aware of any open fields, where they likely graze. Reducing your speed slightly will also help incase the brakes need to be applied and slammed on quickly. There may also be deer crossing signs that alert drivers to areas heavily populated in deer. Each year, deer collisions cost over 4 billion dollars nationwide in damage. Also, and estimated 1.2 million vehicle-deer collisions happen yearly.

 

Also make sure to keep an eye on the road ahead. If vehicles start putting on their brake lights or flash them, it could be an animal or accident that has happened. If one deer runs across the road, chances are that others will likely follow. Otherwise, look in the ditch as some may be just standing there. Also remember to never swerve or go into the other lane if an animal comes across the road. You will do less damage hitting a deer than you do another vehicle. By staying alert when driving, you can reduce the chance of hitting a deer on the road.