Introduction: Estimates of the number of deer and car accidents total somewhere between 40,000 and 120,00 auto wrecks each year, just in New York State alone. The peak season for accidents begins each November and continues throughout the spring months in many rural areas.
Slowing your speed is the easiest and surest way to avoid hitting deer on the highway. It's easier to stop a car traveling at 50 miles per hour than a vehicle traveling 60.
When traveling in areas without oncoming traffic, use your brights. The deer aren't concerned with lights or even auto horns, but you'll be able to spot deer entering the highway at night if you use your bright lights.
Deer travel in small groups. If you only see one, there are others lurking nearby and expect more to enter the roadway. Look carefully for deer where wooded areas are located on both sides of the roadway.
Notorious deer crossings are marked with signs. Many times these also list the number of miles included in the warning. Pay attention to the signs and expect deer in these sections.
Dead deer in the roadway are signs that you're traveling through deer crossing areas. Expect more deer during daylight and nighttime hours in these areas.
Good advice for me - summer is here in WI
Excellent advice and very good list.
#3 is so very true. There always seems to be more. Great list of 5.
#3 is the most important in my experience; Bambi is always followed by a few more Bambis. Great ideas to avoid hitting deer.
So true! I drive very cautiously in the areas that are popular with our local deer families. If you see one, there are usually 4 or 5 more following behind.
Very good advice and timely. I used to live in the country and know exactly what you are talking about.
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