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.