We are now in one of the peak periods for deer vehicle collisions not only in the UK but across the northern hemisphere. A combination of factors, not least this time of year is the rutting season for many of our deer species, makes this a particularly high-risk time, from now right through to December.
Incidents can happen very suddenly, so speed is often a factor. In our recent survey, several people reported driving at a slower speed had helped to prevent a collision. There are also other ways drivers can help to reduce their risk including:
- Keeping an eye out for wildlife crossing warning signs
These will alert you that you are in a high-risk area and should be even more alert to wildlife including deer, on or near the road.
- Knowing higher-risk times are from sunset to midnight, and the hours shortly before and after sunrise.
If you’re driving at these times of day again, be extra vigilant.
- Being aware that if you see one deer to watch out for more
It is very likely that there will be more deer following close by.
- Using full beam (when safe to do so) to give greater visibility
However, if you see a deer or other animal, make sure to dip your lights so the animal isn’t startled into stopping on the road.
- Being mindful not to over-swerve to avoid hitting a deer
You could hit another vehicle or obstacle which could prove even more dangerous.
For more safety advice visit DeerAware.