- Monday November 1st, 2010 :: 03:39 p.m. EDT
Defensive Driving tips to avoid hitting a deer. Go to the Nixle site for more information.
Preventing a Deer Collision
1. Drive with extreme caution in areas where deer crossing signs have been posted.
2. Be mindful of the high risk time periods – dusk and dawn.
3. If you see one deer on or near the road, expect that there will be more.
4. Do not just rely on high-beam headlights and deer whistles to deter deer – they may not have the desired effect.
5. When possible, drive with high-beam headlights as they will illuminate the eyes of the deer and give you maximum response time.
6. Wear your seat belt and drive at a safe speed.
7. Do not swerve your vehicle to avoid hitting a deer. That may sound strange, but if a collision with a deer is probable, it is more important to maintain control of your vehicle.
8. Some experts say that in the event you are headed for a collision, you should avoid braking at impact (makes the front of the car go down) so that the deer is more likely to pass under the car, as opposed to hitting the windshield. This would not preclude braking before impact.
9. Report any deer-vehicle collisions to local authorities.
10. Stay alert, awake and sober. Deer are often unpredictable, especially when frightened, and you will need your quickest response time.
Cold Spring, KY Police Department
5589 E Alexandria Pike
Newport, KY 41076