Don't Veer for Deer say OPP - Always stay in control of vehicle

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Make certain when driving in rural Ontario look way down the road. Deer are extremely active at dawn and dusk, but can be on the road at any time. When you see deer warning signs slow down, say OPP. They also advise you always wear your seatbelt, and don't veer for a deer and take evasive action that often ends up in fatality.

The OPP say that going well below the speed limit, anticipation of the wildlife, and being alert can help prevent collisions.

Here are the tips from the OPP:

  • Deer travel in packs. If you see one near or crossing the road, anticipate more and slow down!
  • Always wear your seatbelt because the collision with a deer can send you through the window.
  • Don’t swerve to avoid wildlife as swerving often causes loss of control and causes many fatal accidents.
  • Deer warning signs should trigger you to slow down significantly below the speed limit.
  • Scan the road and shoulders when driving in rural Ontario and make sure you are looking as far ahead as possible.