Be cautious during high-risk travel times. Deer are nocturnal, so the most dangerous times for driving in deer territory are dusk and dawn. Be extra careful around heavily wooded areas, spots where you know deer are common, and wherever you see a deer-crossing road sign.
Watch for the “plus one.” If one deer is spotted, there are likely more nearby, so slow down and look for its friends.
Beware unpredictable behavior. Deer do not use the same logic as people. They may stop in the middle of the road, or even cross and then double back on a road with no warning.
Use high beams when possible. The deer’s eyes may reflect the vehicle’s headlights, so use high beams if there’s no oncoming traffic.
Always wear your seat belt. Most people injured in deer-vehicle crashes are not wearing their seat belt.
Slow down and blow your horn. One long blast will help frighten the deer away, as well as alert any nearby drivers of the danger.
Brake firmly but stay in your lane. If you notice a deer in or near your path, do not swerve. Instead, keep your hands on the steering wheel, and brake firmly while staying in your lane. Come to a controlled stop in a safe location. Swerving may cause you to lose control.