Improve your odds with avoiding deer-car collisions with these steps.
Quick, can you guess which large mammal is most likely to kill you this year in America? It’s not a bear, or a mountain lion, or even a wolf. It’s a deer, and that’s because of the damage they can do when a car collides with them.
As deer season ramps up and with the rut on the horizon, here are four ways to avoiding deer-car collisions.
Adhere to deer crossings
Chances are if you see a big yellow deer crossing sign, it’s probably there for a reason. There have also probably been car collisions with deer in the past and the DOT installs those signs to keep drivers safe. Once again if you see one of these signs, keep your head on a swivel.
Honk your horn
I’ve personally learned this from experience and chances are you have too. Honk your horn when you see a deer near the road. Deer are much more prone to react to a loud noise coming at them than just seeing lights. Hence the phrase “deer in the headlights.”
Since they often move at night, deer eyes work by taking in a lot of light. So when a car is coming at them with their lights on, deer freeze because it’s hard for them to see.
Maintain your herd
This is key. Do your job as a hunter to maintain your overall deer herd health.
Make sure your harvesting the correct amount of does and bucks each year to keep the buck-to-doe ratio in check. Not only will this cut down on deer-car collisions, it will also promote a healthy, mature herd.
This is probably one of the most obvious steps you can take as a driver. When you come to roads that narrow and visibility is obscured, slow down. Deer react rather than think, and you may not even see them on the side of the road.
Train yourself to look for deer especially in late October and early November when they only have one thing on the mind. I’ll give you a hint: it’s not avoiding cars.