Deer: Dangers and Avoidance

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NPS / Jacob W. Frank
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Hitting a deer while driving is one of the scariest events that a vehicle operator can encounter. It can cause severe damage to your vehicle, its passengers and you.

Understanding Herding Times

Deer can be found in the early mornings and just before sundown. These times are typically when they are feeding. Understanding the times can save your life.

Understanding your Surroundings

Are you driving in a rural area? If so, then you need to take extra caution when getting from point A to point B. Rural areas are the most common areas to find deer. Mix that with sun-up or sun-down and you have a far greater chance of encountering one.


This one should be obvious. Just before the sun sets offers the least amount of visibility for drivers. This is due to it being too dark for not having headlights while is also too light to have your headlights on. In most cases, it is better to be safe than sorry. If an event were to occur, having your headlights can save you in another circumstance.

Maintain A Safe Speed

In any and all circumstances, maintaining the speed limit can be a lifesaver. If you are driving over the speed limit and a deer jumps out at you, then the impact can be far more costly. It can greatly increase the damage to your car as well as increase the threat of further injuries.

HONK at a Deer if You see One

If you see a deer that isn’t moving, HONK. One long blasting horn will typically scare it away. Typically, anything large, fast, and loud will scare anything off.

Stay In Your Lane

The safest place for yourself and other drivers on the road is in your lane. Avoid swerving into the oncoming lane as well as moving into an adjacent lane. It is much safer for yourself and other drivers if you are to hit a deer. Multiple cars can be affected and the risk of injury or worse is far greater.

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