Many people look forward to autumn all year just for another chance to get out in the woods and go deer hunting. While deer season is an exciting time for many people, it can also be dangerous. The roads become more dangerous during this time of year, especially if they are near wooded areas.
Deer are so much of a threat to drivers that they are regularly warned about on the news. It is not just the deer that are a danger to the drivers, but also unprepared drivers. Knowing how to stay safe on these roads is the first step in avoiding accidents.
How to stay safe among the deer
Unfortunately, deer do not do much to safely cross the street or avoid traffic, so it is up to us to learn how to avoid them. Make a point of watching the sides of the road, especially if you are in a wooded area. At night, the light from your headlights often reflects off the deer’s eyes, which can help you spot them. Also, remember that deer travel in groups, so even if one crosses the street safely, there may be others.
In addition to deer, other drivers can be a treat. If a deer leaps into oncoming traffic, a car in the other lane may swerve directly in front of you. It is just as important to look out for other drivers as it is to look out for any deer on the road. Avoid speeding, and make sure your headlights are on during dusk to help other drivers see you and have enough time to react to you.
Do not let your guard down this fall
Deer to a fantastic job of blending in with an autumn forest until they leap in front of a car. Keep a sharp eye out for drivers and deer this fall to help keep yourself safe.