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Deer Safety

18 Nov Blog | Comments

It used to be a fairly rare occurrence to see deer. Now, due to over population, many people see them all the time. There are certainly peak times of the year, and of the day where you could see even more. And although deer are beautiful creatures they can be very dangerous obstacles.

Deer are very unpredictable. You may see one on the side of the road standing very still one moment and bolting across the road the next. Or worse, deer will sometimes begin to make their way across a road, get scared and stop right in the middle of the road. Many times you don’t have much control over whether you are going to hit or get hit by deer.

There are however things you can to do minimize the chances. Deer are most active during 6:00pm and 9:00pm, so keep your eyes even more open. When you are driving alone on the road use those high beams. The high beams make it easier to see the deer. Keep your eyes out for the reflection of the deer eyes.

If you are unable to avoid hitting or getting hit by a deer there are things you can do to minimize the damage. First and most important, do not swerve to attempt to avoid the deer. Odds are pretty good that you will end up hitting another car or driving off the road, doing much more damage.

Another good tip is to slow down as much as you can to minimize the damage to both you and the deer. Also, if you see one coming to the edge of the road you can blow your horn to hopefully scare it to back away from road.

If you ride a motorcycle you have to be even more cautious. Your main goal should you encounter a deer is to try to keep the bike up. Also, if you can, while staying on the road, swerving around the deer is your best option. Unlike a car you don’t need as much room on the road.

After hitting, or getting hit by a deer be aware that if the deer is not killed it may get up and run off. Being injured and scared will make the deer even more unpredictable. Also, if the deer is killed and is in the middle of the road you will need to notify the local police station, use the non-emergency number. Try to get the mile marker and the closest exit sign information.

There are many obstacles on the road: there is other traffic, like cars, trucks, motorcycles, there are pedestrians, there are small animals, but the most damaging because of it unpredictability is the deer.  The deer can do a lot of damage to both cars and people. Your best course of action is to keep your eye out for them and let them do their thing, cross the road or go back to the woods. By allowing the deer to move out of your way you avoid damage to your car and/or the deer.



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