This time of year deer and animal hits increase
dramatically. As we enter the fall season, it is important to remind
drivers about the hazards associated with wild animals on the roadway. More
than one million vehicles every year strike animals in the roadway, often
causing significant damage to the vehicles and in rare cases, injuries to the
Here are eight tips to guide you safely while driving
through deer season.
1. Don’t Steer For
Deer! If you can’t avoid a deer, it is better to hit it than to lose
control of your vehicle and cause a bigger accident. Swerving could
cause the vehicle to flip or veer into oncoming traffic, causing a more
serious crash. Swerving also can confuse the deer as to where to run.
2. Be aware of deer crossing
signs. They are installed for a reason!
3. Be alert when passing
through a deer crossing zone.
4. Drive cautiously during
early evening and early morning hours when deer are most active.
5. Deer often travel in
groups. Do not assume that the road is clear if one deer has already
6. Deer often follow railroad
tracks, streams and ditches. Be extra cautious near bridges and
7. If you see a deer on or
entering the roadway, slow down and blow your horn to scare it away. Deer
often fixate on headlights, so it usually not effective to just flash your
8. If you hit a deer, don’t
touch it. It may be more dangerous fighting for its life.
a top concern, and HUB transportation advisers provide tools, tips and guidance
to ensure safe driving habits for your fleet operators. Contact us to
get the conversation started today with a HUB transportation advisor.