Collisions with deer are reported each year, especially between the months October and December, breeding season, hunting season and harvest time. Collision with these animals could be fatal both to vehicle occupants and animals, but also cause severe damage to vehicles. Therefore, we will share the following tips:
- Pay attention and obey warning signs: Collisions frequently occur in moose or deer habitats, such as forested areas and waterways. You will constantly see these warning signs in those areas.
- Drive at a safe speed: Do not exceed the indicated speed limits. If you are driving a truck, we recommend slowing down to have more time to react to an unexpected situation.
- Drive defensively: Be prepared to do evasive maneuvers, such as slowing down suddenly or lowering the lights, which blind animals’ sight and disorient them.
- Look around: To catch signs of the presence of these animals, watch for movement, flash of their eyes, shapes or the shadows of these animals. Look at the sides of the road, ditches and intersections of the roads.
- Be more cautious at sunset and dawn: These animals are often more active at this time and our visibility is more limited. If you see a deer, do not assume that the animal is alone, because they usually move in groups.
- Drive cautiously at night: Use your high beams when necessary. Make sure your window is clean to see clearly. Drive at an appropriate speed. Look at the sides to detect the brightness of the eyes of these animals.
- Reduce the speed if other drivers are acting strange: If you see emergency lights, horn sounds or vehicles moving from side to side. Could be signs of the presence of animals. Please drive at a prudent speed, to observe and react.
- Be alert, even close to the city: Do not lower your guard; these animals also go in the cities looking for food. The sound of the horn and emergency lights terrify and stun the animal. Probably, instead of getting out of your way, they will go after you. They are well known animals for ramming parked or moving vehicles regardless of their size.
- Value when to divert: If a deer appears in front of you, brake firmly. Do not move or leave your lane. Many accidents occur when the driver tries to avoid the animal and ends up hitting another vehicle or getting off the road. The best strategy is to drive defensively and slowly to not to collide with these animals and have enough time and space to slow down.