Avoid Deer Collisions
We've all seen the yellow signs on the road telling us to look out for deer, but how many people actually pay attention to this message while driving? Probably not too many of us. But there's more than a few reasons why we should heed these warnings.
Time of Year
If a highway is marked with a “deer crossing” sign, there's a good chance you will encounter a deer on the road. Knowing what time of year this happens most often is one easy way to reduce your chances of a collision with a deer. Consider their mating season: October through December. The likelihood of deer on the roadways increases significantly during these months. Combined with the dwindling hours of sunlight, this is often a recipe for disaster.
Pay attention to your surroundings. Are you commuting through a heavily wooded area? If so, your chances of a deer darting into the path of your vehicle are greatly increased. Slow down and drive cautiously through these stretches of road. Keep your eyes focused on the road in front of you, but also scan the sides of the highway ahead for deer sightings. Knowing where they are allows you to drive more defensively in the event that one decides to dash out in front you.
Distractions While Driving
Make yourself as safe as possible: do not use your cell phone while driving! You don't need a distraction while you're operating your vehicle, especially not during deer mating season. Likewise, don't fiddle with your radio or do anything else that takes focus off the road. Above all else, be safe. Be sure you—and all passengers in your car—are wearing a seat belt. Be cautious, keep your eyes on the road and on your surroundings, and take it slow. We want you to arrive safely at your destination, no matter what time of year!