According to State Farm Insurance, November has the highest incidence of deer-related vehicle accidents of the year. Grayson County sees many of these accidents each year, which can lead to injuries and vehicle damage, and drivers should take precautions to avoid such collisions when possible.
Here are some tips gleaned from law enforcement officers which may help you to avoid getting that deer-in-the-headlights look this November.
The first lines of defense, paying attention and avoiding potential distractions such as texting, eating, or even adjusting your radio while driving, are recommended under any circumstances, but particularly around dawn or dusk, when deer are often on the move.
Wearing a seatbelt to protect yourself in the event of a collision will not only greatly increase your odds of survival and decrease your chances of injury in case of a collision, but it is also the law, so be sure to buckle up every time you get into the car.
Avoid going over the speed limit, and consider slowing down even more in areas that are known to have greater deer activity. If you see deer in the roadway slow to a stop if possible, and honk your horn or flash your lights. Remember that where there is one deer, there are often more, and you should always wait to be sure the entire group has passed before moving forward slowly.
If a collision is unavoidable, slow down as much as possible before impact. Also, avoid swerving, which could lead to loss of control or could cause the vehicle to leave the roadway, hit another vehicle, and potentially still hit a deer.
In the aftermath of such an accident, stay calm, call 911, and be able to give your location so that a police officer and ambulance, if necessary, can easily locate you and your vehicle.