Fall is the season where it is most common for deer collisions to occur. According to State Farm, the likelihood of a deer or elk collision doubles in fall. The mating season is one of the main reasons why deer are on the move and end up being on the road. Additionally, newly built roads near deer populations will cause more common collisions.
Here are a few tips for avoiding deer collisions:
- Deer are most active at dawn and dusk. If you are driving at these times, be aware that this is a common time to encounter deer and elk.
- Keep a note of road crossing signs that you see on frequent commutes. If there is a deer crossing sign on your morning commute, then you should keep a mental note of it so that you are ready for a potential crossing. The morning commute is a common time for collisions because deer travel at dawn.
- Drive cautiously if other cars are making sudden moves or driving erratically. They can probably see a deer or elk crossing ahead of them that you cannot see.
- Don’t swerve when approaching a deer. Most of the severe car accidents associated with deer are because the driver swerved into another car or a tree. Stay the course when approaching a deer.
- Deer move in groups. If you see one pass by, you can expect that more will follow.
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