Dodging Deer on the Drive to Austin - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/17/05

Dodging Deer on the Drive to Austin

If you're driving to Austin this weekend for the big game against the Longhorns, you may be dodging deer along the way. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports October, November and December are peak months for deer-vehicle crashes, taking the blame for one and a half million accidents every year. While deer may sense a hunter hundreds of yards away, a moving vehicle is a different story.

"They will not be deterred by seeing vehicles, that's why you need to slow down and try to be alert and maintain control of your vehicle," says Eric Rodgman a highway safety researcher.

Rodgman offers these tips for driving through deer country. Watch the side of the road. Deer often feed there because the grass is greener where water runs off the road. If a deer crosses the road, watch for more because deer often travel in single file. So, others may follow. Wear your seatbelt. There were more than 150 fatalities last year from deer crashes, but at least your odds are better if you are buckled up, and be aware that most deer crashes occur in the morning and evening. Which is when most Tech fans will be heading to Austin either Friday night or Saturday morning before the game.

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