What you can do to avoid a deer collision
after investigating 11 deer/ vehicle collisions in three days (nov. 3-5) South Bruce oPP, pleased that no one was injured, offered some avoidance tips.
- Be especially attentive from just before sunset to midnight and shortly before sunrise — the highest risk times for deer-vehicle collisions.
- drive with caution - deer seldom run alone - if you see one deer, others may be nearby.
- at night, use high-beam headlights that will better illuminate a deer’s eyes when there is no oncoming traffic.
- Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away.
- Brake firmly if a deer is in or near your path, but stay in your lane. many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or lose control of their cars.
- always wear your seat belt. most people injured in deer-vehicle crashes were not belted.
- do not rely on devices like a deer whistle, deer fence or reflectors to deter deer. Slow down, stay in control and stay alert.