While driving, always be on the lookout for deer. They are more active, especially during the dawn and dusk hours. Always make sure to keep your eyes on the road, and scan from ditch to ditch. If there is a deer that crosses the road, more than likely there are more. By being aware of the road and ditch, the chance of an accident will decrease. Yearly, deer collisions cost at least 4 billion dollars in repair bills. With over 1.2 million deer-vehicle collisions, take necessary precautions to avoid being a statistic. As more and more roads are being built through wildlife and fields, this will displace deer. The result is more deer running, and an increase of them crossing the roads.
Remember to slow down your speed when the deer are the most active and you see one. Be aware and be extra cautious when deer crossing signs are present. Also be on alert when passing by wooded or tree areas, as deer will like to travel through or live. It also increases the risk of not seeing a deer because it will come out of the woods and onto the road in only a matter of seconds. The same should apply when driving by fields and seeing deer grazing. With trees so close to the road, the deer are more difficult to see. They can be easily seen in an open field, but the distance is further from the road.
When a deer runs out, it is a better option to hit it rather than swerve and hit another vehicle. This only increases the chance of hitting another vehicle or losing control of your own vehicle. It is best to slam on your brakes and risk the chance of hitting the deer. Odds for surviving an accident a better versus an animal than another car. Even if a deer crosses the road ahead, it is recommended to slow down, because others may run across as well. If you hit a deer, the cost to the vehicle could be around 3 thousand dollars. When you hit another vehicle or swerve, you run the risk of totaling the vehicle completely.