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Avoiding Collisions with Deer

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Most deer-vehicle collisions typically occur between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. from October to December (during mating and hunting seasons), when deer movement increases and limited lighting makes it more difficult for drivers to see them on or near roads. To lessen the likelihood of hitting a deer:

  • Drive slowly in posted deer crossing areas and heavily wooded areas, especially during the dark hours of fall.
  • Drive with high beams on when possible, and watch out for eyes reflecting in the headlights.
  • Deer often travel in groups, so don't assume all is clear if one deer has already passed.
  • Don't swerve to avoid contact with a deer. Doing so could cause the vehicle to flip or veer into oncoming traffic, causing a more serious wreck.

8/7/2020 9:11 AM