Deer are most active between dusk and dawn. Be on high alert when driving from 5:00 p.m. to midnight and 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Deer tend to congregate in wooded areas, field edges, and waterways. Drive cautiously through these locations.
Use high beams at night whenever possible to boost light reflection in deer eyes.
Slow down, honk the horn, and tap brakes if you see deer along the roadside. More are probably nearby.
Minimize driving distractions so you can scan the road for unexpected deer.
Always wear a seatbelt and insist passengers do the same.
Know how to respond.
Never swerve to avoid hitting a deer. A sharp turn of the steering wheel may cause you to lose control of the vehicle and crash into a bridge, post, tree, or oncoming car. You may suffer serious injury and sustain major vehicle damage.
It is better to remain calm, firmly grip the steering wheel, brake steadily, hit the animal head-on, and come to a controlled stop.
Pull off the road and turn on emergency flashers.
Check yourself and passengers for injuries. Call 911 to report the crash and request medical help if necessary.
Stay in your car until help arrives. File a crash report if property damage is over $1,500.