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The Dangers of Deer on the Highway

Even though road kill can go both ways, deer are often the casualties. A researcher from Utah State University estimates that 6,000–10,000 mule deer are killed on Utah’s roads each year.

Of course, when deer are hit, there’s almost always damage to the vehicle — and sometimes to the driver. In 2010, there were approximately 2,800 wildlife-vehicle collisions where the drivers reported more than $1,500 in damage.

What’s the best way to protect ourselves, our cars and our deer herds? We need to make a few adjustments in how we drive, and brush up on the basics of deer behavior.

Drive Differently

  • Slow Down

the most important thing you can do.

  • Super Scan

scan the side of the road ahead.

  • Worst Case Scenario

what to do when a crash can’t be avoided.

Know Deer

  • If you see one, there are more!
  • They may not cross in the same spot.
  • They are more active after storms.

Check The Time - Is It Deer Thirty?

  • Be on High Alert

from dusk through dawn