Deer In The Headlights Solution

Animals are on the Move

A large percentage of the collisions between vehicles and deer happen in the 6 week period between mid-October and the end of November. The deer are taking risks as they look for mates in the fall and early winter. Summer months especially June and July also bring a lot of additional activity with deer crossing the roads.

Here are steps that you can take to ensure a safer trip:

  • Leave extra room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.
  • Slowdown in areas specifically marked “Deer Crossing”.
  • If you encounter a deer or another animal, remain in your lane, lift your foot from the pedal and brake lightly if necessary. Do not swerve out of your lane even if you need to hit the animal.
  • Do not exit your vehicle to check on the animal or check your car.
  • If you hit the animal, put your emergency blinkers on and try to move to the shoulder of the road and call 911.

Other animals are also on the move and have not quite adapted to the changing conditions. The growing season has come to an end, their immediate food sources have dried up and they are extending their search for food and/or migrating and crossing roads to get to other wooded areas.

For more ideas on how to be a great role model for your teen: Download Earned Privileges, a phased privilege program and read the US News and World Report article, Firm Parents Keep Teen Drivers Safe.

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