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Avoiding Deer Vehicle Accidents


During the fall and winter months deer travel during evening and early morning hours. Although deer vehicle accidents are highest during hunting season (October through December, peaking in November) if you live in an area with deer ALWAYS BE ALERT and drive with caution.

  • Buckle up - ALWAYS!

  • Deer crossing signs are placed in areas where deer are prevalent, so be alert! If you see deer, slow down as much as possible and proceed with caution.

  • Deer seldom travel alone, so if you see one deer there are likely going to be more.

  • Keep a mental note of locations where you’ve seen deer in the past.

  • Watch for the reflection of deer eyes and silhouettes on the sides of the road.

  • Use high beam headlights when possible; this will allow you to better see the eyes of the deer.

  • Blink your high beams at the deer. Deer seem to be in a trance when they see headlights; by blinking your headlights at them, it seems to wake them up.

  • If you do see deer in your path, turn on your hazard lights so that other motorist are aware of deer ahead.

  • Avoid swerving. When most drivers swerve to avoid hitting a deer, they hit another object instead, like a tree or another vehicle.

  • When hitting a deer is unavoidable, think fast and be aware of the situation. Apply your breaks until the last second of impact, then release the brakes which should propel the deer away from your vehicle instead of on the hood or windshield.

  • If you hit a deer call 911 and follow their instructions. If the deer is alive or injured, avoid all contact and move away.

  • Stay alert, always wear your seatbelt and drive at a safe, sensible speed for the road conditions.

 
 

Learn the traffic, construction and weather information BEFORE you depart by visiting http://www.trafficwise.in.gov/ or calling
1-800-261-ROAD (7623).


 

 

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