If you’ve lived in Central Oregon for a while you know that once fall arrives deer will start coming down from the hills and mountains surrounding Bend, Prineville, Redmond, Sisters and Sunriver, and with more deer among us will come the chance of a car accident since it’s easy to take your eyes of the road for a moment and hit a deer.
In today’s post were going to cover deer safety driving tips so you can have confidence that you will be able to drive safely in Central Oregon regardless if there are deer on the roads or not.
Deer Breeding Season
Did you know that there are over 1.6 million accidents involving deer and vehicles each year?
The most accidents happen during October through January since these months are considered the breeding season for deer in Central Oregon and across the United States.
Prime Time for Deer
Here in Central Oregon it’s common to find deer along roadsides during the early dawn or dusk hours and it’s even more common to find deer traveling in packs so if you’re driving along a back road like Deschutes Market Road in Bend, make sure you drive the speed limit, and keep your eyes open for deer that may be close by.
Be On the Lookout
When you’re driving during deer season make sure you always wear your seatbelt since most accidents typically happen when drivers are not wearing their seatbelts and it’s also important to remember that devices like deer whistles don’t always work so don’t try to be savvy when it comes to deer, slow down, drive safely and come home alive.
Look For Signs
If you’re out driving today in Central Oregon make sure you look for deer signs because, many towns will have areas clearly marked where deer are known to appear and it’s always a good idea to make sure that you observe these signs so you’re not taken by surprise by deer if you’re driving in the vicinity of a deer crossing between October and January.
To learn more deer driving tips, or to get an affordable Central Oregon Car Insurance quote, contact the Farnsworth Agency today by calling (541) 318-8835.