Provincial police are warning motorists to be on the lookout for deer, which are on the move because of breeding and hunting seasons, after 11 collisions involving the animals were reported in Lambton County over the weekend.
The warning particularly points to rural areas, where "breeding, feeding and hunting patterns" mean deer are especially active, according to the OPP.
Const. Chris Dupe has the following tips to avoid hitting an animal:
- Scan the road ahead as deer are particularly active in the fall, especially at dawn and dusk.
- Deer rarely travel alone, so when you see one there are likely more nearby.
- Watch your speed and be careful when driving at night. Slowing down will give you more time to respond.
- Avoiding driving after dark when possible can greatly reduce the risk of colliding with an animal.
- Brake firmly if an animal is standing on or crossing the road, stopping if necessary.
- Swerving to avoid hitting a wild animal may result in loss of control and a more serious collision.
- Don't focus entirely on the animal when you're trying to avoid hitting it, because that almost always results in a collision. Instead, focus your on the route around it you decide to take.