6 safety tips on avoiding collisions with deer this season

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You may have noticed more deer darting into and crossing the roadways lately.

That’s because deer breeding season stretches from October through December, which means they are more active and on the move.

The Putnamville State Police Post has provided a few safety tips to help you avoid a possible collision with a deer this season:

  • Be cautious while driving during dawn or dusk hours. Deer are most active during these hours, though they can appear at any time.
  • Pay attention to deer crossing signs. Be alert and observe your surroundings, especially in forested areas.
  • Stay alert if you spot a deer. Deer tend to travel in packs, so if you see one deer, slow down and be prepared for more to follow. It’s also a good idea to tap your brakes, flash your lights or sound your horn to warn other drivers.
  • Take precautions when driving at night. If there is no oncoming traffic, turn on your bright lights. You’ll have a greater chance of spotting a deer from a distance.
  • Don’t swerve to avoid hitting a deer. By swerving, you put yourself at risk for a worse collision with another vehicle or running off the roadway. Instead, brake firmly and stay in your lane.
  • Report the deer-vehicle collision. If you do happen to get involved in an accident with a deer, contact police so you can get an accident report for your insurance company.

It’s important to remember that deer are unpredictable and could dart into traffic at any time. Safe travels!

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