It’s that time of year again, Hunting Season! People all over our beautiful state have
their blinds set up, deer feed out, scent block on and weapons loaded to get a
shot at that big buck. With the days
getting so much shorter, many of us are driving to and from work in the dimly
lit hours of the morning or evening.
This is prime time for the deer to be on the move. All the hunters in the woods or fields means
that it’s got the deer moving into the streets and roads. It is more important than ever to make sure
you are completely aware of your surroundings.
Here are just a few tips to make driving in these last
months of the year as deer/vehicle accident free as possible:
Rely on “Deer Whistles.” Research has found that in hundreds of trials, the
high frequency whistles did not change deer behavior or responses.
This is the best defense against
deer/vehicle collisions. You need to
keep your eyes on the ditches and wooded areas as this is where deer are most
likely to bound from.
High Beams. When traveling at night, use your high beams whenever possible
as they give you the greatest amount of visibility.
Early. If you think you see a deer
ahead, slow down in advance and don’t be surprised if you need to completely
stop. The bright lights may confuse the
deer and cause them to react quickly by darting in any direction.
Horn. Deer are keenly adept at
pinpointing sound due to the shape of their ears and their ability to pivot
each ear individually. When you see a
deer, it may help to blow your horn repeatedly to help them pinpoint where you,
the danger, is.
Usually Travel Alone. Where you see
one deer, you are likely to see more following.
Be cautious if you see one deer cross the road as there are probably
others close by.
Swerve. No matter how careful you
are, sometimes you cannot avoid the deer in the middle of the road. Whatever you do, do not swerve! There is a good chance you could swerve into
oncoming traffic or off the road into a tree.
If you have remained vigilante with your speed, hopefully the damage to
your vehicle from a direct impact with a deer will be minimal.
We hope these tips will help make driving during hunting
season a little safer for everyone. Now
go get that big buck!