Autumn is a dangerous time to drive because deer become more active. According to moneygeek.com, 1.5 million collisions with deer happen each year.
Protecting yourself from a collision should be a priority if you drive every day. Continue reading for driving tips during peak deer season.
Deer become more active at dusk and dawn. Be especially careful if you must wake up early for work or get home while the sun sets. Use your high beams at night when possible and drive slowly.
Brake, do not swerve
It goes against your instincts, but do not swerve to avoid deer. Swerving might increase your risk of a catastrophic accident, especially at high speeds. Try to keep your speed lower than usual and use your brakes to avoid accidents.
Get routine maintenance
Since you should not swerve, maintaining your brakes becomes especially important in autumn. If your brakes feel loose in the summer, take the time to get them inspected by a certified mechanic. Additionally, check all your headlights and taillights to make sure they work. Braking suddenly means the people behind you must see your brake lights and avoid rear-ending you.
Plan for the worst
Sometimes you cannot avoid an accident. If you hit a deer, pull over to the side of the road, turn on your hazards and call the police to report the accident. Do not touch the deer, as it may injure you or itself.
Driving during deer season increases your risk of getting into an accident. You cannot prevent a deer from jumping out in front of your car, but taking extra precautions might avoid or mitigate a collision.