Female deer crossing a road during autumn

What to Do When Driving During Deer Season

Tips for Driving When Deer are Most Active

Deer season has officially arrived. Whether you are driving for 10 minutes or two hours, the possibility of a deer crossing the road in front of you is always present. To help protect yourself and your passengers while driving when deer are active, follow these few tips.

Consider Comprehensive Insurance

If you haven’t already, consider adding comprehensive insurance to your car insurance policy. A comprehensive policy covers damage caused to your vehicle due to an act of nature, including flooding, fire, damage from falling objects like tree limbs, deer, and more. Also, this protection is quite affordable.

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Avoid Driving from Dusk Until Dawn During October through December

Now, it’s very specific to say that you should avoid driving from dusk until dawn during October through December. In fact, during this time of year while the sun is down, deer are most active due to their mating season. This means that your chances of colliding with one will skyrocket while driving during these times. If you can help it, plan to travel during the day for the next few months.

Male white-tailed deer standing in a field

Slow Down, Stay Alert, and Watch for Deer

If you need to drive when it’s dark outside, you will need to take some extra precautions. First, do not drive above the speed limit. Slowing down will give you more time to react and may reduce the amount of damage should you hit a deer. Second, use your high beams when no one is in front of you for enhanced visibility. Third, always watch for deer alongside the road. While deer crossing signs tell you where you are more likely to find deer, they can move quickly and are often seen in unmarked areas.

Never Swerve for Deer

While it may go against your instincts, you should never swerve for deer. Swerving can cause a much more severe crash than hitting a deer and could also put other nearby drivers at risk. If you swerve and hit another object, like a tree or vehicle, your comprehensive insurance will no longer cover you for that incident. Basically, if you know for a fact that you will hit the deer, stay on course. Also, keep your foot off the brake before impact as this will help reduce the chances of it crashing into your windshield.

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