What you should do before hitting a deer

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. —  Deer are very active in Indiana during the late fall months, especially in the late evening and the early morning hours.

According to Todd Ringle, the public information officer with Indiana State Police Evansville district, 3,600 deer have been struck on Indiana roadways since October 1. This obviously creates a very dangerous situation for the driver making impact with the deer as well as the other drivers on the roadway.

Ringle offers these tips that every driver in Indiana should read before they find themselves in this position.

  1. Use your bright lights when possible.
  2. If you see a deer in the road, brake firmly, but stay in your lane. Just before impact with the deer, take your foot off the brake so the nose of your vehicle comes back up, which will reduce the chances of the deer being propelled over the hood and into your windshield.
  3. Never swerve to avoid striking a deer. Drivers who swerve most often loses control and strike other objects like a tree, a telephone pole, a guardrail, etc. More injuries occur when motorists swerve. Believe it or not, it’s safer to strike the deer.
  4. If your vehicle is not disabled after striking the deer it’s okay to move your vehicle completely off the roadway to be safe. It’s okay if you pull into someone’s driveway or a nearby parking lot. If you’re on the interstate, it’s okay if you drive to the next exit to call police. Stopping on the shoulder of a roadway can be dangerous, so don’t hesitate to move to a safer location.
  5. If your vehicle is disabled, try and move your vehicle to the side of the roadway, and activate your hazard lights to warn other motorists. Stay inside your vehicle, call police, and make sure everyone is wearing their seat belts.