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Driving Tips for Deer Season
When deer season rolls around, an increase in car accidents increases with particular ferocity. If you'll be out driving during deer season, follow these safety tips.
1- Know the Worst Times
You are unlikely to encounter a deer in the middle of the afternoon, regardless of whether or not it is deer season. However, driving safety is particularly important during the early morning hours and in the late evening, around sunrise and sunset. This is when the animals come out from their hiding places in the woods to feed, explore and mate. If you'll be driving during these times, proceed slowly and keep a lookout to your right and left.
2- Look for Signs
In most states, deer crossing signs are posted in areas where deer are known to frequent, such as along rural routes and in neighborhoods that have just been constructed. Keep a lookout for these signs, and take heed wherever they are posted. Driving too fast or recklessly could cause a serious accident. And if you've seen deer in a particular area on numerous occasions, let the road authority in your area know about it so they can warn other drivers.
3- Expect a Friend
Deer are sociable animals who often travel in twos, threes, fours, and even large groups. Just because you've narrowly missed on animal doesn't mean his buddies aren't far behind, so expect a friend when you see one animal while driving. You can alert other passing drivers by flicking your lights or your hazards, and don't hesitate to stop altogether if you think you might hit a deer.
4- Use Your Horn
If you see a deer in the road while driving, honk your horn once or twice to scare him in another direction. The loud noise is usually sufficient to send him fleeing back into the woods, but continue pressing the horn if he refuses to move. After all, the phrase "frozen like a deer in headlights" had to come from somewhere. Often, during deer season, the animals are slow to react and easily confused.
5- Avoid Swerving
Unless you have no other option, avoid swerving to the left or right when confronted with a deer in the road. The animal might not be able to think quickly enough about which way to flee, and will very likely run in the direction of your swerve. It is better to hit the brakes firmly to bring your car to a stop and allow the deer to decide which way to go. In all likelihood, he'll be out of the way before you get to his spot on the road.
6- Don't Touch an Injured Deer
If you're driving down the road and happen to hit a passing deer, don't attempt to offer medical assistance to the animal. If it is still conscious, it will likely flail above with its hooves and may even attempt to bite you when you try to help. Instead, clear your car from the road if it's able to be driven and call the authorities to come deal with the situation.