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According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, from mid-October through mid-December is the white tailed deer rutting season in Pennsylvania. That also means it’s a rather dangerous time for drivers and cars alike. Here are some ways to keep yourself safe and avoid being one of the more than 3,400 people (2.9%) who have a collision with a deer every year in the state of Pennsylvania.

  1. Wear your seatbelt – While it won’t help you avoid hitting a deer, it will likely save your life in the event that you do hit one.
  2. Slow down and stay alert – Deer are most active during dawn and dusk, those times of course are likely to coincide either with your morning commute or with your post work drive home. Since these drives are unavoidable for many of us, make sure to slow down and keep your eyes peeled for any deer that may appear on the side of the road.
  3. Watch for the herd – Chances are if you see one deer on the side of the road there are likely many more not too far behind. So slow down, take your time, and keep your eyes peeled for the rest of the herd.
  4. Use your horn – If you see a deer, then lay on your horn! The sudden loud noise may help scare the deer out of the road and out of your way. If you own a hood whistle, don’t rely on it to scare the deer – as they frequently aren’t very effective.
  5. Stay in your lane – Unable to avoid a collision? Break firmly and stay in your lane. Trying to swerve out of the way can cause more damage and a worse accident. Swerving may also spook the deer even further and cause it to still collide with your car.

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