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Understanding collisions with animals

When driving on the highway in Connecticut, people usually do not expect deer to be on the road. While deer may wander onto the highway at all times of the year, there is actually one season when this is most common. According to the Connecticut Post, mating season for deer is October through December, making these months the most likely time you will encounter them on the highway.

There are a few steps people can take to ensure they do not hit a deer on the highway. USA Today says that one simple step is paying attention to road signs. Signs can suggest places where drivers are more likely to encounter deer; drivers may want to slow down a bit, especially if they see animals on the side of the road. Additionally, honking the horn can alert deer to a car’s presence. This sometimes startles an animal and causes it to move.

Between dusk and dawn, drivers should keep headlights on high whenever possible. They are more likely to catch the eyes of a deer, which act as reflectors shining back at the vehicle. This may give a person more time to stop.

There may be times when drivers are unable to avoid hitting a deer. In these cases, drivers should usually brake as they approach the animal. However, they should ease off the brake before hitting the deer so that the animal is less likely to roll onto the car’s hood. An adult deer may weigh between 100 and 300 pounds—enough to cause significant damage to a vehicle.

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