Deer Safety While Driving in Ohio
“Nearly everybody gets twitterpated in the springtime. For example: you’re walking along, minding your own business. You’re looking neither to the left, nor to the right, when all of a sudden, you run smack into a pretty face. Woo-woo! You begin to get weak in the knees. Your head’s in a whirl. And then you feel light as a feather; and before you know it, you’re walking on air. And then you know what? You’re knocked for a loop, and you completely lose your head!”
-Friend Owl from Disney’s Bambi
It’s that time of year again, folks! Deer are twitterpated and getting distracted when it comes to crossing the road! Here are some tips to avoid hitting Bambi and Faline this spring season!
Tip #1: Keep Your Vehicle Maintained
One of the best ways to prevent hitting a deer is to keep your vehicle maintained by cleaning your headlights for superior visibility and replacing your brake pads if needed. It is also a good idea to make sure that your brake lights and tail lights are working so drivers behind you will know that you have stopped for a crossing deer.
Tip #2: Take it Easy on the Road
Another way to avoid hitting a deer while driving is to slow down and stay alert—especially when you are on rural roads or in areas with tall grass or growing crops close to the road. If you have heard from peers or news sources that deer have been spotted in a specific area, take heed and be on the lookout.
Tip #3: Stay in Touch with Your Local DNR
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is always willing to help and answer any questions regarding human/wildlife interaction. If you do end up hitting a deer with your vehicle and the animal dies, you are advised to contact the DNR so they can record the incident.