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What are Some Tips for Driving During Deer Season?

The fall has finally arrived in Wisconsin. With fall comes the colder temperatures and the falling of leaves. In addition to the changing weather, fall also brings the beginning of deer hunting season. Deer season can cause the deer to engage in more movement, thus increasing the likelihood of a driver colliding with a deer on the roadway. The following are some tips to help prevent collisions with deer during deer season:

  1. Use extra caution if you are driving during dawn or dusk.
    • Dawn and dusk are the times of the day in which deer are most active. Because deer are most active at these, it is more likely that one may enter the roadways.
  2. Use extra caution when you see a deer crossing sign.
    • Deer crossing signs are posted in areas where it is common for deer to cross the roadway. By taking note of the signs and proceeding with caution, you can help avoid a collision with a deer.
  3. If you see one deer, be on the lookout for others.
    • Deer tend to travel in packs. Therefore, if you see one deer, it is very likely that other deer are within the proximity of the first deer.
  4. Wear a seat belt.
    • Seat belts will help to keep you and your passengers safe in the event of an accident.
  5. Do not swerve to avoid a collision with a deer.
    • When you swerve, you put yourself at risk of colliding with other vehicles on the roadway or running off the road. Instead of swerving, you should stay in your lane and slow down as much as possible.

By following these tips, you can help to keep yourself, your passengers, other vehicles on the roadway and even deer safer.


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