How to save a buck…or a doe

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  1. Ganesh says:

    If you do spot an animal, such as a deer, too late, is it best to start braking and just hit it anyway? You had said if you swerved, that you would likely hit something else.

    A friend of mine’s family was traveling in India, on a highway, and a monkey had crossed their path. To avoid it, they swerved, but hit a truck that was parked on the side of the road. Three of the four passengers were killed.

    • safedriver says:

      Yes, brake as soon as you can. If you’re able, try to avoid hitting the deer square on. This can stop it from going through your windshield.

  2. Michelle says:

    Yes honking the horn does help. I see deer every single day on my way to/from home and a honk generally gets their butt moving especially if they are staring at your headlights. Be ready to honk, it has saved me many times!

  3. The Legacy says:

    I’m surprised you recommend stopping straight, without mentioning to swerve once you’ve lowered speed. When avoiding, I slam the brakes, then, once I’ve slowed the vehicle as best I can, release the brakes and swerve around the obstacle, then bring the vehicle to a stop. Looking where one wants to go helps GREATLY in this.

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