Do you know when nearly a third of all car-deer crashes in Minnesota occur? Yup, it's in October and November, with another 11 percent happening in December. Please keep your guard up while you traverse our beautiful Minnesota landscape.
|Not to give you nightmares or anything. Photo by jcrader/Thinkstock|
Here are some tips for staying safe on the road, according to Major Greg Salo of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources — as quoted in the October 20, 2014 edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
- Wear your seat belt.
- Scan the road for deer and other danger signs. Keep a careful watch at sunrise and sunset, and when passing through wooded areas or farm fields.
- Pay attention to signs warning that deer are common in the area.
- At night, use high beams when oncoming traffic is not present to increase visibility, and slow down.
- Do not swerve to avoid a deer. Honking a horn might scare a deer off the road. Otherwise, if there's no safe place to go or you'll run into another vehicle, hit the deer head on.