Deer and driving
I'm not sure if this is a problem everywhere, but deer are a HUGE problem for drivers here. Any given day, I can take a drive in the morning or evening and count on seeing at least 5...usually more (5 is more like one grouping of several groups I see). They are EVERYWHERE. I came close to hitting one the other day - luckily our brakes work well.
Our newspaper had these tips posted on how to avoid collisions so I thought I'd share. I HATE driving in the fall/winter because of deer. :(
JACKSON - Deer are more active during the holiday season than ever - specifically during the months of October through late January - according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
MDOT urges motorists to take precautions while traveling on Mississippi highways to avoid deer-vehicle collisions.
According to the National Safety Council, during the year 2003, there were more than 100 deaths and 10,000 injuries due to animal-related accidents.
Nationally, about 500,000 deer collisions occur on U.S. highways each year, causing an average of $2,000 or more in damage per vehicle.
MDOT offers the following defensive driving tips to motorists to avoid hitting a deer when traveling on Mississippi highways:
-- Be vigilant in early morning and evening hours because this is the most active time for deer.
-- During hours of darkness, use your high-beam lights when no traffic is approaching. The high beams will better illuminate the eyes of the deer on or near the highway.
-- Use special cautions in areas marked with deer-crossing signs and reduce your speed.
-- If you happen to see one deer, expect there will be others. Deer seldom run alone.
-- When driving and you approach a deer, do not swerve your vehicle to avoid striking the deer. It is better to strike a deer than another vehicle or fixed object.
-- Always scan the fields and area adjacent to the roadway for deer. Often times you can see them approaching the roadway.
MDOT urges motorists to remain extra alert as they travel on Mississippi highways during this year's deer season and to always buckle up for safety.