How to prevent a deer accident!
November has arrived, and this means deer season has as well. As a driver you come across different wildlife while driving. Deer on the road are quite intriguing. As you pass them by its important to stay alert and aware of your surrounding to make sure you avoid a collision.
Here are driving tips to help prevent collisions:
- Deer are most active at dawn and dusk. Be especially watchful during these times.
- Take note of deer-crossing signs and drive accordingly. They were put there for a reason.
- Try to drive more slowly at night, giving yourself time to see a deer with your headlights. Lowering the brightness of your dashboard lights slightly will make it easier to see deer.
- Deer Whistles are small devices easy to install and a great way to prevent accidents. The whistles work by creating ultrasonic sounds we humans cant hear to warn the deer. Although they are great tools they don't always stop the accident.
Some accidents are simply unavoidable!
Wearing your seat belt at all times is crucial. It can prevent serious harm in the event of an accident. Never swerve your truck to avoid a deer. This can turn a small incident into a tragedy as trucks have been known to flip over or veer off the road.
In the event you do hit a deer, it is important to follow a few simple steps to ensure your own safety and the safety of others. Don't panic, remain calm and pull over to the side of the road. Put your flashers on and contact police and make a report. Remember to always document and report to your dispatcher to make them aware.