How To Avoid Hitting Deer

Fall – a time for vibrant colors, crisp leaves, thanksgiving feasts and─ yup, you guessed it─ deer on the move. And while late fall to early winter are when they are most likely, deer-vehicle crashes can occur anytime during the year. These simple tips can help reduce the chances – or severity – of a deer-vehicle crash:

Buckle up. A no-brainer, but the easiest way to help keep you and your family safe.

Eyes open. Keep a lookout for deer-crossing signs. Deer may not cross there, but they can dart out of the trees farther down the road.

Signs of the sun. Be especially alert at dawn and dusk. These are times deer are most active.

Pack mentality. If you see one deer, look for its buddies. Deer typically travel single file.

Prep your horn. If you see a deer on the road ahead, brake firmly and honk your horn.

If a crash is unavoidable, don't swerve. Studies show more serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or object, or roll over.

If you hit a deer, call the police. You may be legally required to report an accident with significant vehicle damage. So when in doubt, it’s best to call.

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