It is the height of deer mating season in Pennsylvania. This time can be dangerous for drivers due to the added road risks associated with an influx of deer activity. Driving during deer mating season is most dangerous at dawn and dusk; the times of the day where visibility is low and deer mobility is high. See the list of helpful information below to protect yourself and your vehicle from accidents involving deer over the next few months.
Ten Tips for Avoiding Deer-Vehicle Collisions
- Pay attention to yellow deer crossing road signs.
- Remember that deer travel in herds. If you see one deer, keep your eyes open for others. Deer typically herd in a single file formation.
- Understand the added danger of driving at dawn and dusk.
- Drive at a safe speed.
- Turn on your high-beam headlights, especially when driving on dark rural roads.
- Drive in the center lane when traveling on a multilane roadway. This allows for a safe distance between your vehicle and locations where deer congregate.
- Honk! If you see a deer ahead, honking may startle the deer and provoke the deer to run away.
- Look out for deer eyes – they can be spotted from a far distance.
- If hitting a deer is unavoidable, hit your breaks firmly and drive straight ahead. Do not swerve and stay in your lane. Swerving could result in hitting another vehicle or object, or rolling over.
- Always wear your seat belt. Fastening your seat belt is the easiest way to keep you and your family safe while driving.
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