How to Avoid a Collision with a Deer and My Land Rover
The last time we wrote on our blog, we shared a video that showed the Range Rover Velar traveling through a forest at night while encountering wildlife. With the fall season in full swing, we will definitely be seeing more deer in New England – and maybe even a bear or moose if you venture on up to Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. This requires some extra precautions so you can prevent a collision that might not only hurt the animal but also ruin your Land Rover or kill you.
One of the best ways to avoid a wildlife collision is to keep your Land Rover model properly maintained. You can do this by:
- Getting your headlights and taillights inspected, cleaned, and sanded down on an annual basis.
- Having your full braking system inspected regularly and getting parts replaced as necessary.
In addition to keeping your Land Rover in working order, you should try to avoid driving at dawn and dusk (when deer are the most active) and avoid outer lanes on multi-lane highways. Be mindful of deer crossing signs, slow down a little bit, and keep your eyes open – especially if the road is surrounded by fields, tall grass, and forests.
What Do I Do When a Deer Jumps Out in Front of Me?
As much as we love deer, they are not the brightest member of the animal kingdom and tend to jump out onto a road whenever they feel like it. When a deer jumps out in front of you, firmly and calmly apply the brakes. Do not swerve. If you are able to stop in time and the deer just stands there like it does not have a care in the world and is in no hurry to move, go ahead and honk your horn (use one long blast). Deer also like to travel in groups, so be on the lookout for additional members of the herd.
What Should I Do If I Hit the Deer?
In the event of a collision, do your best to pull off to the side of the road. If there are any injuries to you or your passengers, call for an ambulance. Depending on where you are located, you may need to contact the local DNR office. Get a hold of your insurance agency if there is any damage to your vehicle. Also, do not approach the deer or place it in the backseat of your vehicle – leave that to Tommy Boy.