5 Steps to Take to Avoid Hitting Deer This Autumn
There is a heightened risk of suffering a collision with a deer this Autumn... something no one would particularly like to go through!
There is a heightened risk of suffering a collision with a Deer this Autumn... something no one would particularly like to go through!
October through December is generally considered a high-risk period as deer will be on the move for the Autumn mating season - known as the 'rut'. Your highest chances of an encounter come between sunset & midnight, and shortly before sunrise.
With over 2 million deer living wild in the UK, your chances of an encounter are considerably likely.
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During this period we'd like to urge you to be more aware this time of year if you're travelling through an area likely to have a deer presence. These 5 simple tips can seriously reduce your chances of a collision!
- If you see a 'deer warning sign' or you're travelling through a heavily wooded stretch of road, check your speed and stay alert.
- If your headlights are on, use full-beam when you can. However be sure to lower them if you spot a deer, as they have a tendency to 'freeze'.
- Deers rarely travel alone, more will most likely follow the first one you see. Keep your eyes peeled!
- Be prepared to perform an emergency stop, it's best to do this rather than try to swerve to hit a deer. This could lead to hitting oncoming traffic or another obstacle - could be even worse!
- If you end up having to stop, don't forget to hit your hazards.
If you hit a Deer
- Park your car in the safest place you can, with your hazards on.
- Call an ambulance if any human injuries warrant it.
- Call the police and inform them of the location.
You should also call the police if you notice the injured animal on the roadside. They will be able to deal with the road safety issues and will have access to a specialist to see to the animal if it is still alive.
Remember: Do not, under any circumstances, approach them. They may hurt you or run across further traffic and cause another accident.