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October 22, 2012

It's the time of year for deer

Drivers should take care as breeding season peaks

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“Snowy days are less of a concern, because the deer hunker down and don’t move as much.”

The experts also agree that the knee-jerk reaction of swerving to avoid striking a deer can be more dangerous than just hitting the animal instead.

“The advice to not swerve the vehicle is important when confronted by a deer. The best place to hit a deer is in the flanks. The rib bones in the flanks are more flexible and vehicular damage is minimized,” Irwin added.

“Swerving the vehicle can risk rollover accidents and possibly hit an oncoming vehicle or roadside object.”

DOT also says it is important to always make sure everyone is wearing seat belts, use high beams when possible and briefly flash lights to alert other drivers when deer are spotted near the road.

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