#1 “If an encounter with a deer is inevitable, then you should hit the brakes up until the very last second of impact; suddenly releasing the brakes will send the deer propelling into the roadway rather than into your windshield.”

#2 – “Don’t swerve. If a collision seems inevitable, don’t veer off to avoid the animal. Your risk of injury may be greater if you do. Maintain control of the vehicle.”

#3 – “If you spot a deer in the road, slow down immediately and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten it away.”

#4  “Most motorist deaths and injuries occur when drivers swerve to avoid hitting the deer and strike a fixed object, such as a tree or another vehicle. It may seem powerless, but simply applying your brakes while you’re buckled up, gripping the steering wheel with both hands, and coming to a controlled stop (if possible) can actually help minimize damage and injuries.”

#5 – “Be especially attentive from sunset to midnight and during the hours shortly before and after sunrise. These are the highest risk times for deer-vehicle collisions.”

#6 – “Don’t assume there’s only one deer crossing the road — they usually travel in groups.”

#7  “When you encounter deer along the roadside, turn on your emergency lights to let other motorists know about the potential danger.”