Deer Safety Driving Tips

During this time of year is a very active time for deer.  Bucks chasing does across roads and highways.  Also, hunters often push deer into moving, which may cause deer to go across roads.  The period from early October and December, includes not only hunting season, but when crops are being harvested.  These activities may result in deer being displaced from their fields.

The fall months will bring a number of vehicle collisions with deer.  There have been reports already this year in our municipality of deer/vehicle collisions.

Deer are most often seen crossing roads in the evening and early morning, particularly at dusk and dawn.  As you drive during the deer traffic season, it is important that you prepare yourself by anticipating the problem and paying special attention to your surroundings.

Deer Safety Driving Tips

  • wear seat belts and drive at the posted speed limits;
  • drive with extreme caution during dusk and dawn which are high risk time periods;
  • be aware of deer crossing signs that are posted;
  • if you see one deer on a road or highway, expect that there will be more;
  • don’t rely on deer whistles and high-beam headlights to deter deer;
  • high beam lights will help to illuminate the eyes of deer to allow for maximum response time;
  • do not swerve your vehicle to avoid deer, it is important to maintain control of the vehicle;
  • avoid braking at impact, this does not preclude braking before impact;
  • report any deer-vehicle collisions to the local police authority;
  • stay alert, awake and sober!

Remember:  Deer are unpredictable, especially when frightened – drivers always need to stay alert!