Spring has arrived and deer-vehicle collisions are more frequent.
Because of the increase in deer vehicle accidents, the following are some suggestions for defensive driving tips to avoid hitting a deer.
Be especially attentive from sunset to midnight, and during the hours shortly before and after sunrise. These are high risk times. Drive with caution when moving through deer-crossing areas known for large deer population. Pay close attention in areas where the road divides agricultural fields from wooded areas.
Use high beams at night when there is no oncoming traffic. High beams will better illuminate the eyes of the deer on or near the roadway. Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away.
Continually scan the ditches and remeber if you see one deer there are likely more.
Brake firmly when you see a deer in or near the roadway, 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 own vehicles.
We hope these suggestions will make you more aware, and keep you safe while driving in our county this spring season.