What You Should Know About Deer Safety - Tommy's Automotive

What You Should Know About Deer Safety

deer xingAs the colors start to change all across Pennsylvania, a new danger may be lurking around the corner for many drivers. In our area, deer are aplenty. Not only do they blend in with the fall colors, but deer have a tendency to jump out in front of vehicles when they get startled. In addition, if they are running from predators they can come out of nowhere, even for the most attentive drivers.

You may think that winter is the most dangerous time to be on the road, but autumn can prove to be just as treacherous. Here are some things to know about deer on the road that could help you prevent an accident.

Avoiding a Deer Collision

  • While you should be alert any time you are driving, the most common time for deer to be on the roads is early mornings before 8am or right at dusk up until midnight between October and January.
  • If you see a deer in the ditch, don’t assume it is alone. Most deer travel in packs, which means just because there is a deer on the side of the road doesn’t mean another isn’t about to jump in front of you.
  • Deer used to be mostly seen out in the country or on rural highways. Now, due to urban sprawl and the growing deer population, it is not uncommon for them to be seen in suburban areas or even on city highways.

Tips for Driving Safely

  • During all seasons, keep distractions to a minimum. Because deer are so fast, if you take your eyes off the road for a minute it could spell disaster. Put your cell phones down and avoid eating while driving. If you have passengers, ask them to assist you with directions and with looking out for deer.
  • In good weather and when oncoming traffic is minimal, use your high beams to increase visibility.
  • Always wear your seat belt. Hitting a deer isn’t just fatal for the deer – sixty percent of fatal animal accidents occur when the driver or passengers were not wearing their seat belts.
  • If you notice a deer on the road, break firmly and be careful not to swerve. Honk at the deer and try to get it to run away from the road to help other drivers.
  • If you do hit a deer, do not approach it. Call the emergency response number so they can handle it.

At Tommy’s Automotive, we are here for you after an accident. If you hit a deer, we can help get you back on the road. Contact us today to schedule auto repair.