8 tips to avoid animal-vehicle collisions

Posted at 9:46 AM, Nov 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-06 09:48:45-05

Is there a deer in your headlights? Well, November is the height of deer mating season. As days get shorter, drivers are more likely to be on the road at dawn and dusk -- peak hours for animal activity.

The Western & Central New York AAA reports that many animals are struck by cars each year, and though not always fatal, they can put a serious dent in your car. 

These are things you may do already, but a friendly reminder doesn't hurt:

  1. Keep your eyes moving back and forth
  2. Be especially attentive in the early morning and evening
  3. At night, use high beams when there's no oncoming traffic
  4. Slow down and watch for other deer to appear
  5. Honk your horn with one long blast
  6. Use brakes if impact is imminent
  7. Always wear a seatbelt
  8. Don't go near a wounded animal


While any animal on the road is dangerous, deer cause the most collisions.