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Drive Carefully, It's Deer Season

Nolan Erickson

I’m not a hunter, but I know that fall is a dangerous season to be a deer. For some reason, deer and other critters seem to hit the road during the months of October and November. As a result, vehicle-versus-deer collisions skyrocket during these two months. Last year, there were nearly 61,500 such crashes reported. In fact, the true number of car/deer accidents is probably much, much higher, as many go unreported.

Car/deer accidents can be incredibly dangerous. Many drivers do not know how to react when a deer crosses their path. However, if you follow some key advice, you can reduce the risk of injuring yourself or others:

  • Be attentive, especially at dawn and dusk.
  • If you see one deer, assume there are others in the vicinity of the road.
  • Slow down.
  • If you encounter a deer in the roadway, DO NOT SWERVE. Maintain lane control to avoid putting other motorists at risk or losing control of your vehicle.
  • Brake firmly and keep both hands on the wheel.

Although it may be unsettling to most people, it is better to remain in your lane and strike a deer than it is to swerve uncontrollably.

Remember, drive carefully and be alert to avoid car/deer collisions.


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