Eight Tips to Avoid Deer Accidents

11/03/15

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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 occupants.

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 passed.

6. Deer often follow railroad tracks, streams and ditches. Be extra cautious near bridges and overpasses.

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 lights.

8. If you hit a deer, don’t touch it. It may be more dangerous fighting for its life.

Driver safety is 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.