For drivers, it’s the time of year to stay clear of deer

WASHINGTON – It’s getting to be the time of year when you need to be especially alert for deer when you’re driving.

In the coming weeks, white-tailed deer in our area will enter their mating or “rutting” season.

The Maryland State Highway Administration reminds us that vehicle deer strikes spike at this time of year. But there are steps you can take to keep you and the deer safer.

  • Slow down in likely deer areas. That will give you more reaction time if a deer jumps into the road in front of you.
  • Be aware that deer travel in herds. If you see one, there are probably others near. Be extra careful between sunset and sunrise, when deer are on the move.
  • Never veer for deer. Making fast, sharp turns is dangerous and raises the risk that you could wind up in the path of an oncoming vehicle or heading for a tree or utility pole.

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