The VanDyke Group | Avoiding Collision with a Deer
There are a number of things that you can do to avoid hitting a deer while driving. Here are some of those ways.
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13 Jul Deer Driver,

There are many hazards out on the roads and one of them is the sudden appearance of a deer dashing in front of your car. Here are a number of things that will lessen your chance of having a collision with a deer.

  • Follow the posted speed limit. You will have more reaction time and an increased chance of stopping.
  • Pay attention to Deer X-ing signs. These are posted where deer are known to live or near a water source.
  • Be extra aware at dawn and dusk. This is the time that deer are most active. If you see one, most likely there are more behind.
  • Use your brights when there is no oncoming traffic. This illuminates the deer’s eyes better so you can see them in the brush or the woods along the road.
  • Be aware that you may need to hit the deer. As my co-worker has experienced, sometimes there is nowhere to swerve and you unfortunately are safest when staying in your lane. Swerving can cause a collision with another car or cause your vehicle to flip over, injuring your occupants more than if you hit the deer.


If you do have the unfortunate experience of hitting a deer, avoid touching or going near the animal. A frightened deer may hurt you or hurt itself even more. Call the police if it is a hazard to other drivers and contact your insurance company if your car has any damage.


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