We’ve had over 20 deer vs. car motor vehicle accidents since Beginning of September!
•If you see a deer crossing sign, be extra alert and slow down. deer cross roads for different reasons and at different times of the year. Mating season and hunting season also cause them to move. Stay alert. If there are deer in the road, no not go around them, wait for them to move if possible.
•Drive at a safe speed. Do not speed when you are driving through areas with woods or fields (cemeteries, ball fields, parks).
•Pay attention to Deer Crossing signs. You'll still arrive if you go more slowly and you'll have more time to avoid an animal if you spot it.
•Here are the things that occur when you speed:
•You can't stop quickly enough to avoid a collision.
•The impact of a car/truck is far greater the faster you travel.
•Your ability to take evasive action is massively reduced and you're more likely to resort to swerving instead of braking and gently responding.
•Observe your surroundings. Actively scan the sides of the roads as you drive for any signs of wildlife. Watch both sides of the road; there is some evidence that drivers tend to watch the side of the road next to the passenger seat more than their own side, making a false assumption that only one side is a problem. Scan both sides!
•Use your high beams when there is no oncoming traffic. This gives you the ability to see further in the dark
•Be especially careful sunset and sunrise. Deer seem to move most in the hours around sunset to midnight and again around dawn. These are also the hardest times for our eyes to adjust to the light because it's neither completely dark or properly light, so we find it more difficult to see.
•Be on the lookout -- if you see one deer, there are likely to be more deer nearby, even if you don't see them. If you see one creature, it's more likely that you'll run into more.
•Female deer being chased by bucks during mating season are unaware of traffic
•Slow down If you see flashing lights (hazard or headlights), hear horns, slow down and be ready to stop! Of course, if a car stops suddenly ahead of you, you should also stop . The other cars may have stopped because animals are already crossing the road ahead of you.
Don’t tailgate, the driver in front of you may have to stop suddenly to avoid a collision
•If a collision is inevitable, DO NOT swerve to avoid impact! Brake appropriately. BUT STAY IN YOUR LANE! Collision are more likely to become fatal if you swerve to hit a deer and go into oncoming traffic or hit a fixed object like a tree.