We have already assisted several of our clients with deer accidents this year. While deer accidents are often unavoidable, there are things you can do to minimize the risk.
Listed below are 5 Tips to Avoid Hitting a Deer:
Watch for multiple Deer.They rarely travel alone. If a deer crosses in front of you, chances are there are others nearby. Slow down and keep an eye out for more deer darting across the road.
Be ready.Deer are most active at dusk and dawn, periods when your vision is most compromised. To add to their terrible timing, deer are on the move during mating season (October & November). Slow down and stay alert.
Watch for key areas of your trip. Some areas of the road may be surrounded by dense trees and hills. Look for the Deer Crossing signs, as these are placed in areas with high deer traffic.
Stay the course.If you see a deer, brake firmly and calmly, and stay in your lane. Swerving could make you lose control of your vehicle and turn a bad situation much worse. Not to mention, deer are unpredictable, and you could swerve directly into their changed path. A deer accident is considered a “not-at-fault” accident, whereas if you hit a guardrail or a tree (trying to avoid the deer), it is often looked at as an “at-fault” incident.
Honk your Horn!One long blast of the horn will scare deer out of the road. Do not rely on hood whistles or other devices designed to scare off deer. Studies have shown these devices not to be effective at minimizing accidents.