Accident season with deer and elk

We want to annually remind you about the beginning of October to December season. During this time of year, the presence of deer and elk has markedly increased due to reproduction and harvest time and hunting season.

Crashing into these animals could be fatal and cause severe damage to vehicles. We urge you to be on alert as accidents involving these animals increase this season. Please consider the following tips:

  •  Pay close attention and obey the recurring warning signs: Collisions occur more frequently in elk or deer habitats, such as forested areas and rivers.
  •  Drive at a safe speed: Don’t exceed the speed limits indicated in the signals. Reduce the speed of the truck to have more time to perform some evasive maneuver in an unexpected situation.
  •  Drive defensively: be prepared to maneuver and suddenly slow down. If it’s safe, lower the lights that blind the animals` vision and disorient them.
  •  Look around: Look sideways constantly to catch any sign of the presence of these animals. Observe the sides of the road, the ditches, the intersections of the roads, try to capture signs of movement, flash of eyes, the silhouette or shadow of these animals.
  •  You have to be very cautious at sunset and sunrise: Deer and elk tend to be more active at this time and we have poor visibility. If you see a deer or elk, don’t think they are alone because they usually mobilize in groups.
  •  Drive cautiously at night: Use your high beams when it’s prudent and don’t dazzle drivers coming in the opposite direction. Make sure your windows are very clean to see clearly.
  •  Reduce speed if they detect that other drivers are acting strangely: If you see emergency lights, hear the sound of the horn or vehicles moving from side to side, this could signal the presence of animals.
  •  Be on alert even near the city: Don’t let your guard down, these animals also enter the cities in search of food. The sound of the horn and the emergency lights terrify them and instead of getting out of your way, they do the opposite and go towards you. They are well known for ramming parked or moving vehicles.
  •  If you find a deer or elk in front, then brake firmly. Don’t move or leave your line. Many accidents occur not by hitting the animal, but trying to dodge it just colliding with another vehicle or leaving the road. The best strategy is to drive defensively and go slowly so as not to collide with these animals and have enough time and space to slow down.

Edic.: 147
Autor: Juan Peña
Date: 10/2019