Watch Out for Deer!
Driving tips that will help you avoid colliding with a deer:
- Slow down, anticipate deer when driving through wooded and densely vegetated areas.
- Watch for deer crossing at locations where you have seen them before.
- If one deer runs across the road, slow down and look for others (deer seldom run alone).
- Be especially cautious at dusk through the early evening hours and in the hours prior to sunrise when deer are most active.
- If you encounter deer on the roadways, flash your headlights at the deer and blow the horn to scare them away.
- If you hit a deer, don't touch it. If it's alive, it may be dangerous. Call the police.
- Keep your eyes moving; don't just focus on the middle of the road.
- A deer is visible less than 200 feet from your vehicle; it takes a car about 317 feet to stop at 55 MPH under optimum conditions.
- Buckle your safety belts. Most people seriously injured in deer crashes are not buckled up.
For more information visit:
Fairfax County Deer Management Plan