It’s that time of year, the buck are starting to get frisky which only means that they’ll be on the move... so be extra careful for the next month or two.
- Watch for deer especially before and after sunrise. More deer-car accidents occur during these times of day than any other time.
- Know your Hot Spots. Drive carefully when you are in deer-crossing zones. There may or may not be signs but… you know the areas! The Chicago area forest perserves are hoping.
- Use high beam headlights if there are no oncoming vehicles. High beams will allow the driver to better see the eyes of the deer.
- Honk the horn when you see deer next to the roadway or highway. This will help scare the deer away from the roadway.
- Blink your high beams at the deer. Deer seem to be in a trance when they see your headlights. By blinking your headlights at them, it seems to wake them up to the danger heading toward them.
- Brake. When you see a deer in or near the roadway or highway, stay in your lane of traffic, but brake firmly. Do not lock the brakes up on your vehicle because that can cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
- Wear your seatbelt. Many people who are injured or killed in deer-car accidents were not wearing their seatbelts.