Fall is upon us! While it may not feel like it, we’ll start seeing some true signs of fall soon including more deer moving around along the roadways. While it’s a possibility anytime of the year, October, November, and December are the months where vehicle-deer collisions increase, so it’s important to stay alert for this extra danger.
- Dusk and dawn are the most dangerous times. It’s feeding time for deer and rush hour for us.
- Always know who and what is around you in case you need to brake hard or avoid a large animal. Check your surroundings and mirrors often. Look far ahead and scan the sides of the road in case a deer darts out, especially near woods and water.
- If you see one, there are probably others.
- Use your headlights. Use high-beams when possible. If you see an animal far ahead, flick the brights on and off, which may make them run away.
- If you need to avoid an animal, reduce your speed, tap your brakes to warn the drivers behind you, and sound your horn. If there are no vehicles behind you, brake hard.
- Don’t swerve. If a collision is likely, don’t veer off the road. Brake and maintain control of the vehicle.
- Always obey speed limits and wear your seat belt.