What you can do to avoid a deer col­li­sion

Shoreline Beacon - - Opinion -

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.

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