From City to Country: Safety Tips for Driving During Deer Season
Fall will be here before we know it. And with that cooler weather and shorter days comes hunting season. And we all know what that means. From the months of September to December, we’ll be sharing the road with those four-legged antler creatures. Whether you’re driving out to your deer hunt camp with friends or just driving through deer country, below we’ve compiled a few tips to help you stay clear of deer while you’re behind the wheel of your vehicle.
Deer Safety Tip #1: Be on High Alert
While we aren’t implying that you have to white knuckle it every time you see that yellow deer warning sign, we do recommend that you pay even more attention during those fall months. This includes keeping both hands on the steering wheel, eyes forward, and no fiddling with your phone and/or radio.
Deer Safety Tip #2: Notice Your Surroundings
Going hand-in-hand with the above tip, it’s important to be careful of your surroundings especially when you’re driving in and by a wooded area. In fact, slowing down can help you to avoid hitting a deer.
Deer Safety Tip #3: Try Not to Drive at Dawn or Dusk
Why? Both times are when deer are more active and on the prowl. It’s also during these times where visibility is reduced, making it that much harder to spot a deer that could be crossing the road. If you can’t avoid driving during these times, we recommend driving with your high beam lights on.
Deer Safety Tip #4: Deer Travel in Groups
When you spot one deer, you can always be certain that there will be more. Known as pack animals, deer tend to travel in groups of 3–5. If you spot one deer crossing the road, more will be following in the coming moments. If you have the time, stop and listen to some jams or slowly continue to drive while staying super alert and responsive.
Deer Safety Tip #5: Don’t Swerve
On the off-chance that you do see a deer in the road, don’t swerve. While this might be your gut reaction, it could lead to another, more serious accident. If you are far enough away from the deer, we recommend honking your horn to scare it away. If you’re too close for that, brake immediately.
Deer Safety Tip #6: Install a Deer Whistle
There are a few different devices on the market that are made specifically to scare off deer. Simply adhere the whistle device to your bumper and let the wind do the rest of the work. Producing a high-pitched whistle-type sound, it’s said that when deer hear it, they will stay far away.
And those are just a few tips you can incorporate that will help you to avoid hitting a deer. Do you have another deer driving technique that we missed above? How do you stay safe during deer-hunting season? Let us know in the comments below; we love hearing from you.