LPT: If you see a deer crossing the road, assume other deer may immediately follow. Drive with caution.
There’s a place just outside Norwich where there are literally hundreds of them and when one goes, like OP says, the rest go.
So you see one deer jump into your headlights you’ll see dozens launch afterwards.
You might think you’re safe if you just stop and wait but the dumb bastards will jump straight into the side of your car.
The only animal more suicidal than a deer is a bloody pheasant.
And when driving at night look for the glow of their eyes on the side of the road.
Seriously, deer overpopulation is having an effect on car accident rates and brings about many other issues.
Also if you are driving slowly and a deer is running alongside your car trying to escape, slow down—or better yet, STOP.
Those brainless Bambis have a death wish. More times than not they will dart in front of the car to get to the other side of the road trying to escape.
Also, if think you might hit a deer aim for it’s butt. Deer typically don’t try to turn around when they start running. If you aim for the butt-side you will more than likely miss it.
Once I had a whole heard crossing in front of me, and one of the buggers ran right into my door and dented it.
Did anyone believe me? No. It was horrible.
The deer was fine.
But yeah, I grew up in rural Michigan. There is never just one deer.
Yeah. My mom once hit a deer. It went blank dead on the spot.
I know she shouldn’t have but she called a friend who lived nearby who happens to be a hunter. And. Well. He got to keep the trophy and the meat was tasty.
Deer, moose and roe deers. My greatest fear while driving.
If you see a deer in the road and they freeze when they see your headlights, honk your horn. It startles them enough for them to jump away.
100% yes. Every once tends to look where the deer went, always look where it came from, and as mentioned expect it to run back infront of you. Best to just stop or go very slow even if it just seams like 1 animal.
PS: I drive 50,000km In rural Alberta yearly, have hit 0 deer, more then a few close calls tho. My brother, has hit 16, yes you read that right 16, well 15 and 1 cow
Reminds me of if you ever see a ball assume a kid is right behind.
I see deer pretty much every day on my commute and can confirm – There’s ALWAYS another deer.
Yeah, this is very useful. I live in an area with some deer so this is like a rule of thumb.
I had a deer hit *me* once. A huge buck ran into the rear quarter panel of the car I was driving: my *friend’s* car, while she was away on vacation.
Welcome to Montana.
The real LPT: Drive with caution…
So why did the deer cross the road anyway?
But then you see another deer cross the road, so you must assume other deer must follow it. A never ending cycle. The roads have been backed up for years.
Good tip. I would add that when you may also want to put your 4-way flashers for a bit to warn anyone around you. They may not know it’s because you saw a deer but it will likely cause them to slow down some and it may prevent an accident.
White tail high command knows to send a decoy before the kamakazi.
There is always another lurking. Could be 3 seconds later could be 30 seconds later
Especially female deer, they are far less solitary than the males.
Too late for me. Hit one a few months ago.
Imagine not already having this common sense.
Driving around the hill country in Texas one spring the locals were instructing me on how to drive at night. They said if you see one White Tailed Deer running along the road, there were others you were about to hit. We left a party late, and I drove 15 miles down a state highway going around 40 mph looking for glowing eyes and running deer. I saw a lot but kept slowing for them. Everybody from the party stayed behind me. It seems they sent me out on point. No matter how much I slowed, they did not pass me,
You defiantly stop if it’s a doe that stops and looks back! That means they are waiting for their children to come.
And flash oncoming drivers
Samw thing applies if you se John crossing the road. There is sure to be a Doe.
Why did the deer cross the road?
Aim for the smaller ones, basically free dinner with minimal damage to your vehicle.
And signal to the side of the road their on if they don’t cross
And please do not swerve. hitting a deer sucks but it usually doesn’t cause serious harm to the occupants in the vehicle. swerving to miss a dee will easily take you off the road and or roll your car which has much higher fatality rates. Source I grew up in the midwest and work as a flight nurse
That’s how I hit a deer at 17 years old! Lived outside of town, saw 3 deer to my right in a yard. Turned my head back to just catch the fourth step into the road in front of me.
Also, if you can’t avoid hitting the deer without swerving, you’re better off hitting the deer. Far more people are in serious accidents every year from losing control of the vehicle than from hitting a deer.
Hit that deer full force as a warning to the other deer watching. They will learn from their forefathers’ mistakes.
Also don’t swerve for animals you’ll end up in the ditch upside down
This is truly is a life pro tip.
Same thing with hunting
This happens frequently. Don’t watch the deer you saw. Watch for the one behind it.
I heard there are these whistle type devices you can put on your car and it’s supposed to make a loud whistle or something that animals can hear and it deters then from the road. I’m not sure if it works but its like $5 at Walmart
and put your hazards on so people behind / near you get clued in.
LPT if you see a deer while driving, use your horn
Not just deer, most animals travel with companions.
Same goes for kangaroos for anyone living in/visiting Australia
Just watch for the signs that says “deer crossing” 🚸 I don’t know how they understand where to cross.
Like they say where I live, “Where there’s one there’s two. I keep that in mind and that phrase has only ever been wrong once of the MANY times I’ve seen deer on the road.
Same with those damn turkeys!!
From Wisconsin, can confirm.
Deer piss me off so much. They’re so immensely stupid when I’m driving, yet so clever when I’m hunting
Same goes with kangaroos