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Five Ways To Not Hit A Deer In Idaho

It’s that time of year where for some reason deer love to dart out in front on your vehicle.  Here’s some tips on how to avoid that collision with our furry little friends.

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As the temperatures start to drop, deer along with other animals tend to wander into the valley.  That combined with October through December being peak breeding season for deer, they are usually a lot less cautious.

Deer-Vehicle collisions are bad for your car and very bad for the deer.  Most collissions happen in the two hours before sunrise and after sunset.  Here’s 5 tips to avoid this from happening.

1.  If a deer does run in front of your vehicle, brake firmly but do not swerve. Swerving can cause a vehicle-vehicle collision or cause the vehicle to strike a pedestrian or potentially deadly fixed object, such as a tree or utility pole

2.  Deer often travel in pairs or groups, so if deer are spotted crossing the road, slow down and be alert that others may follow

3.  Briefly use flashers or a headlight signal to warn approaching drivers when deer or moose are spotted in or near the highway

4.  Do not rely on devices, such as deer whistles, extra lights or reflectors, to deter deer. Research has shown that your best defense is your own responsible behavior

5.  Use caution when driving at dawn or dusk and scan roads and roadsides ahead

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