How to Avoid Run-ins With Deer
AAA Mid-Atlantic recently released a statement about the dangers of hitting deer on the highway during the animal's mating season. I'll admit, the e-mail caught my eye with its subject line: "A Deer and Present Danger.".
The numbers of deer-on-highway kills have been decreasing since they peaked at 2,129 in Montgomery County in 2002; only 1,867 incidents were reported last year.
The decrease seems like a great thing, both for deer and drivers, but statistics mean nothing if you're the one plowing into a deer on the road.
AAA Mid-Atlantic offers tips on avoiding a deer-car crash:
* Slow down and brake to avoid hitting a deer. Do not swerve. Swerving may cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle, thus increasing the chance of personal injury or death.
* To avoid injuries, brake until the last fraction of a second before impact, and then let off your brakes. This will cause the front end of your car to rise, increasing the odds that the struck deer will pass underneath your car, instead of being launched into your windshield and seriously injuring you or your passengers.
* Throughout the year, increase your awareness for deer in the early morning and late afternoon. Deer commonly move between daytime resting areas to evening feeding locations. During the breeding season, pay particular attention if driving during nighttime hours.
* Be more alert and slow down in areas where deer-crossing highway signs are posted. These warning signs indicate locations of frequent deer crossings.
* A deer standing near the road may suddenly leap in front of a moving vehicle. Slow down and sound your horn to scare the deer away from the road.
* If you see a deer crossing the road ahead, slow down and scan for more deer. Deer travel in groups; others may be nearby, but out of view.
Anyone have other advice to add about avoiding deer collisions? And, since this is the Travel section, anyone have advice about not hitting critters while on the road, like moose, monkeys or macaws?
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