How to Drive Safely While Deer are Most Active in Wisconsin
Deer season is nearly upon us in Wisconsin. From October to December, you will likely see deer much more active during these next few months as it is their mating season. As a result, it’s important to freshen up on how to drive safely during deer season and what to do if you spot one on the road.
Get Comprehensive Insurance
Comprehensive insurance is a type of car insurance that covers damage to your vehicle as a result of a natural phenomenon, such as hail, flooding, and deer. This insurance is relatively cheap as well, so even if you never have to use it, it’s a good idea to pay a bit extra every month than be swamped with a hefty repair bill later.
Try to Choose When You Drive
Deer are most active from dawn until dusk from October through December. If possible, try to travel avoiding these times. Regardless if you drive while the sun is down or not, ensure that everyone wears their seat belt and the driver stays alert.
Watch for Deer Crossing Signs, Use Your High Beams, and Honk Your Horn if Needed
We mentioned being alert and watching for deer, but what do you watch for when it’s dark? Deer crossing signs indicate where deer are more likely to be crossing. If no cars are in front of you or approaching, use your high beams and scan the sides of the road. If you spot a deer in the road, don’t hesitate to give them a honk, as this can scare them away.
It isn’t a good idea to speed in the first place but doing so with deer nearby is even more dangerous. Remember that deer travel in groups. If you spot one deer nearby, there are likely more around. Slow down and stay alert.
Never Swerve to Avoid a Deer Collision
One thing you should never do if you see a deer is swerve. By swerving, you risk hitting other cars or putting yourself and your passengers in a worse collision. Depending on the outcome, you could even be sued.
Now, what should you do? If a deer crosses the road, slow down. If you know you will hit the deer, stay in your lane and let go of the brake pedal. Doing this will keep the nose of the vehicle up and reduce the risk of the deer crashing through your windshield. If you do get into a collision with a deer, pull over, put on your hazards, and contact local authorities and your insurance company to get a claim started. Avoid going near the deer you hit.