State Police share safety tips for avoiding deer on the roadway

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Itís that time of year again for drivers to be aware of deer darting into and crossing the roadways.

The Putnamville State Police Post recently passed along a few safety tips to help avoid a possible collision with a deer this year.

Be cautious while driving during dusk or dawn hours.

Deer are most active at dawn and dusk, but can appear at any time, especially during the mating season, which is in full swing from October through December.

Remember, though, that deer can appear at any time. Ensure that you and your passengers are wearing seat belts at all times, in case you need to make a sudden stop.

Pay attention to deer crossing signs.

Be alert and observe your surroundings for any signs of deer while on the road.

Deer are abundant in forested areas, so itís important to drive cautiously even if youíre no longer in a deer-crossing zone.

Stay alert if you spot a deer.

Deer tend to travel in packs so if you see one deer, slow down and proceed with caution, be prepared for more to follow.

If you see a deer, slow down, tap your brakes to warn others, or flash your lights and sound your horn to warn other motorists. It will give everyone an opportunity to slow down.

Take precautions when driving at night.

If there is no oncoming traffic, turn on your bright lights.

Youíll not only be able to see clearer, but youíll have a greater chance of spotting a deer from a distance and allow you to react accordingly.

Donít swerve to avoid hitting a deer.

Do not swerve to avoid a deer collision. By swerving you put yourself at risk for a worse collision with another motorist or running off the roadway.

Brake firmly and stay in your lane.

Report the deer-vehicle collision.

If you happen to get involved in an accident, contact local authorities to report it so you can get an accident report for your insurance company.

Remember deer are unpredictable and could dart into traffic at any time, so be alert at all times!

Indiana State Police Putnamville hopes that everyone travels safely during this time of year.

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  • If you see a deer at the edge of the road, you can also honk your horn. I did this once and was surprised to find it scared the deer away. I donít know why I hadnít thought of doing this before.

    -- Posted by sjboswello on Mon, Oct 28, 2019, at 10:05 AM
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