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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

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