Michigan Deer Crash Coalition

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What You Can Do to Avoid Crashes With Deer
If a crash with a deer is unavoidable, the MDCC recommends those driving vehicles:

DON’T SWERVE!
Brake firmly.
Hold onto the steering wheel with both hands.
Come to a controlled stop.
Steer your vehicle well off the roadway

Avoid dangerous encounters with deer by heeding the following tips:

  • Watch for deer especially at dawn and dusk. They are most active then,especially during the fall mating season. In spring, deer will move from cover to find food, and back to cover. Often they will feed along road rights-of-way, where grass greens up first. If you see one deer, approach cautiously, as there may be more out of sight.  
  • Deer often travel single file, so if you see one cross a road, chances are more are nearby waiting to cross, too. When startled by an approaching vehicle, they can panic and dart out from any direction without warning.
  • Be alert all year long, especially on two-lane roads. Watch for deer warning 
  • signs. They are placed at known deer-crossing areas and serve as a first alert that deer may be near.
  • Slow down when traveling through deer-population areas.