The odds are pretty good that you or someone you know, has had a collision with a deer at some point in their driving history. Hopefully, no one was killed because of one of these collision.

Is it possible to avoid hitting a deer while driving in New York State?

Whitetail Deer

You might not think that it is possible to actually avoid a deer, but there are a few things you can do to avoid it happening.

How can you avoid the deer on any road in New York State?

Deer on the edge of the road just before vehicle

Deer activity and collisions are believed to be at their highest in October, November and December, but these guidelines can help anyone out, any time of year.

What is the number one thing you can do to avoid these deer vs car collisions?

Deer Crossing Road,washington state

The most effective thing that you can do to help avoid these types of collisions, is slow down, when you see deer or you are entering an area that you know deer hang out in. Also, keep in mind that deer are more active at dawn and dusk. As they too are running to 'get home.' Deer also travel in packs, so if you see one deer cross your path, get ready for a second or third to be right behind the first.

How can you immediately warn other drivers that there is an issue with deer ahead on the roadway?

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If you think that there is enough deer activity near where you are driving, take a moment to warn other drivers by using your flashers (hazard lights). Other drivers may appreciate it by giving them the heads up to stay safe too.

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