Safe Driving During Deer Season

Deer season is almost upon us! Stay safe while driving this fall by following these tips:

1. Be cautious when driving during dusk and dawn.
Deer are most active during sunrise and sunset. This is especially true during their mating season, which is from October through December. Make sure that everyone in the care is wearing their seat belts at all times, just in case you have to make a sudden stop.

2. Pay attention to deer crossing signs.
Be alert and observe your surroundings! Deer are abundant in forested areas but regularly wander into suburban neighborhoods in search of food. So remember even if you’re no longer in a deer-crossing zone drive cautiously.

3. Stay alert if you spot a deer.
Deer tend to travel in packs. So if you see one deer, odds are there will be more, so slow down and proceed with caution!

4. Take precautions when driving at night.
If there is no oncoming traffic, turn your high beams on. Your vehicle’s high beams will allow you to see clearer, have a wider field of view, and a greater chance of spotting a deer from further away.

5. Don’t swerve to avoid hitting a deer.
This one seems like the right thing to do, but when you swerve, you put yourself at risk for having a collision with another vehicle or running off the road! Stay in your lane and try to reduce your speed.

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