How to Avoid Accidents with Deer During Deer Mating Season
This time of year marks deer mating season and we are likely to see them on the road more often than normal, especially at dawn and dusk. As a result, we should all keep our eyes peeled for these bounding animals and know what to do should we encounter them on the road.
- Don’t swerve. Notice we at Larry Jay Mitsubishi continue to emphasize slowing down rather than moving out of the deer’s way. That’s because it is better to stay in your lane and slow down than to try to change lanes or swerve around the deer. This could cause you to hit a vehicle in the lane beside you or place you in the path of oncoming traffic, causing more damage than if you were to hit the deer.
- Use your high beams. The key to avoiding a run-in with Bambi is to give yourself as much reaction time as possible. Using your high beams whenever possible will increase your chances of spotting a deer when it is still a ways from your vehicle. A deer’s eyes will reflect in the light, so even if they are still on the side of the road, you’ll have time to slow down in case they decide to dart in front of your vehicle.
- Check for more than one. Deer tend to travel together. If you see one, chances are there are others nearby. Even if the first deer has safely crossed the road, slow down in case another quickly follows.
Collisions with animals are unfortunate and we want them to be avoided. Since we know they are on the move during this season, let’s all be conscientious in watching for their beady eyes on the side of the road, ready to slow down to avoid accidents with deer.