In 2012, it was recorded that an average of 200 deaths and $4 billion in repair costs were occurring every year in the US. Your chances of getting hit obviously depend on what state or what area of the state that you live in. To reduce your chances of becoming one of these statistics, we have provided a few helpful tips that could save your car or even better, your life.
Look Out For Warning Signs: This is one of the more obvious ways that you can prevent a deer collision. An area that has a high deer presence and possibly an area that has had deer collisions in the past will most likely have these warning signs. Popular areas that these signs will appear are in parks, forests or waterway areas. In the case that you see a sign, be extra alert and slow down.
Time of the Day: Deer are quite shy animals who have predictable routines and schedules. It’s around the hours of sunrise and sunset that deer like to graze. These are also times of the day where it’s hardest to adjust our eyes to light.
High Beams: If you are the only car on the road, turning your high beams on will give you a much wider field of vision. This way, you can prepare ahead of time if there is a deer anywhere close to the road. It is also common courtesy to flicker your lights to another driver if you just past a deer close to the road. Keep your eyes open for someone doing it and also help out other drivers if you can.
When To Use Your Horn: Deer become absolutely terrified at the sight of a car coming straight towards them. This fear will sometimes result in them planting themselves in the middle of the road and not moving. If they freeze up, don’t try swerving around them into the other line. Flick your lights off and on while sitting in front of the deer. As a last resort, you may use your horn in short bursts. Depending on the season though, a deer may become aggressive due to the horn sound.