5 Ways to Not Hit a Deer in the Hudson Valley
We have reached that time of year when deer love to dart in front of your vehicle. Here's some tips on how to avoid a collision.
During the Autumn months, there is greater potential for accidents involving deer. October through December is peak breeding season for deer, where they are far less cautious.
The greatest risk for deer-vehicle collisions emerges during those months. Most collisions occur in the two hours before sunrise and after sunset each day.
The New York Department of Transportation has compiled a list of precautions you can take to avoid a collision with a deer.
- If a deer does run in front of your vehicle, brake firmly but do not swerve. Swerving can cause a vehicle-vehicle collision or cause the vehicle to strike a pedestrian or potentially deadly fixed object, such as a tree or utility pole
- Deer often travel in pairs or groups, so if deer are spotted crossing the road, slow down and be alert that others may follow
- Briefly use flashers or a headlight signal to warn approaching drivers when deer or moose are spotted in or near the highway
- Do not rely on devices, such as deer whistles, extra lights or reflectors, to deter deer. Research has shown that your best defense is your own responsible behavior
- Use caution when driving at dawn or dusk and scan roads and roadsides ahead
For more tips and precautions, you can vist the New York Department of Transportation's website.