Avoiding Deer Hazards on Kentucky's Roadways

Now that we're well into deer mating season, the deer are moving around a lot, which can mean serious hazards for you when you're out driving.

Accidents involving deer can cause a lot of damage and sometimes, they're even fatal. Because deer are more apt to wander around in the low-light perious of dawn and dusk, it's even harder for us to see them.
But law enforcement say a little bit of caution can go a long way in keeping safe while driving during deer season.

* Be extra cautious in the early morning and evening hours. Deer are most active during these low-light periods when humans see worst and reaction time is slow.

* Stay alert when driving through a known deer crossing zone.

* Use high beam headlights whenever possible.

* Upon seeing a deer, immediately slow down. DO NOT SWERVE--this could confuse the deer about where to run. It could also cause you to lose control and hit a tree or another car.

* If you see one deer, look for more. They often travel in herds.

*Don't expect deer to stay where they are. They can dart in front of you at the last moment.

* Deer whistles on cars provide little help and blowing the car horn doesn't always solve the problem. The horn may cause them to move, but not necessarily in the direction you want.

* Always wear your safety belt. Most people injured or killed in deer-auto collisions were not properly restrained.

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