Around this time each year, it seems as though many of us have experienced a true “deer in headlights” look. Here are some tips for avoiding deer-vehicle collisions this year.
1. Constantly scan the road and shoulders ahead of you. This way, hopefully you’ll spot an animal with enough time to react, if necessary. Remember that animals often travel in packs, so if you’ve seen one, there will likely be more in the area.
2. When there’s no oncoming traffic, use your high beam headlights. Because high beams give you a much better visual of the area ahead of you, you will have more time to react if you see anything. Brighter lights will also reflect in some animals eyes, making it easy to spot where they are.
3. Most animals are active early in the morning and around dusk in the evening. Be extra cautious and alert during these times each day.
4. During hunting and mating seasons, there will be much more wildlife movement, so be extra careful when traveling through areas with high wildlife activity.
5. To have the best reaction times, fasten your seat belt and only drive if you are awake, alert, and sober.
6. In the event that you cannot avoid hitting a deer, brake hard and stay in your lane. Most people’s first instinct is to swerve, but that will often cause a more serious crash or the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
Sources: Article from Grand View Outdoors