When the leaves are changing, the deer are more active. Learn the five fast facts that you NEED to know as a rider on the road!
- According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT), October and November record the highest number of vehicle collisions with deer.
- Over 90 percent of collisions with deer happen between 5-8 a.m. and 5-11 p.m., according to the Skilled Motorcyclist Association (SMA).
- Typically, the best course of action if a collision with a deer is imminent is to brake hard in a straight line and release before impact. This will slow your speed as much as possible while still maintaining useful momentum at the point of impact.
- Swerving usually won’t work. This is because deer react in a zigzag pattern, making them almost impossible to predict.
- Deer can look right through you. Much like drivers, just because a deer looks at you does not mean it has seen you. Deer react more to proximity than noise, which is why they tend to jump out “at the last second.”
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