Deer Season Driving Safety Tips

Posted by Lori Gelvin Monday, September 18, 2023 11:40:00 AM

Driving during deer season in Ohio can pose unique risks due to increased deer activity and hunting-related activities. To help ensure your safety as a driver during this time, consider the following tips:

Reduce Speed: When driving through areas known for deer activity, especially during dawn and dusk, reduce your speed. Slower speeds give you more time to react if a deer suddenly crosses the road.

Use High Beams: If there is no oncoming traffic, use your high beam headlights to increase your visibility. This can help you spot deer eyes reflecting light from a greater distance.

Be Cautious in Deer Crossing Zones: Pay close attention to deer crossing signs and be especially cautious when driving through areas designated as deer crossing zones.

Stay Alert: Avoid distractions while driving, such as texting or using a phone, which can reduce your reaction time in case a deer appears.

Scan the Roadside: Continuously scan the sides of the road for deer. Look for movement and be prepared to brake or take evasive action if necessary.

Follow at a Safe Distance: Maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you to allow for sudden stops or swerves in case of deer encounters.

Brake, Don't Swerve: If a deer suddenly crosses the road in front of you, brake firmly but do not swerve to avoid it. Swerving can lead to losing control of your vehicle or colliding with another vehicle.

Use Horn and Headlights: If you see a deer near the road but not yet in your path, honk your horn and flash your headlights to frighten it away.

Be Prepared for Multiple Deer: Keep in mind that deer often travel in groups, so if you see one, there may be others nearby. Slow down and proceed with caution.

Avoid Overcorrecting: If you do encounter a deer and collide with it, avoid overcorrecting or swerving violently. Try to maintain control of your vehicle and pull over to a safe location to assess the damage.

Stay Buckled Up: Always wear your seatbelt while driving, as it can help protect you in case of a collision.

Report Accidents: If you do hit a deer or are involved in an accident caused by a deer, report it to the local authorities and your insurance company.

Stay Informed About Local Hunting Seasons: Be aware of local hunting seasons, which may include early morning or late afternoon hunts. Avoid driving through hunting areas during these times if possible.

Avoid Rural Roads at Night: If you can, avoid driving on rural roads during the late evening and early morning hours when deer are most active.

Deer-related accidents can be dangerous and costly, so taking precautions and staying vigilant while driving in deer-prone areas is essential for your safety. Being prepared and alert can help reduce the risk of collisions with deer during deer season in Ohio.

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