Tips to Drive Safely During Deer Season

November in South Dakota means deer rut season when their activity is at its highest. Drivers need to be even more vigilant, especially during darker work commutes. Our team at BHFCU Insurance wants to keep you safe, so we have compiled several tips for safe driving this deer season.

  • Always remain vigilant that deer could be nearby, especially in the hours around sunrise and sunset. Dusk and dawn see the most deer activity. 
  • Take note of deer-crossing signs and places known to have a large deer population. Monitor your surroundings, especially in areas where roads divide agricultural fields from forestland.
  • If you see one deer, chances are more are nearby. Slow down and prepare for more to cross the road.
  • When driving at night, be sure to use your high beams when there is no oncoming traffic. The bright lights reflect better off the eyes of deer near the road, making it easier for you to notice them from a distance.
  • If you notice a deer on or near the road, slow down and hit your car horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away.
  • While you may need to brake firmly to avoid hitting a deer, be sure to stay in your lane. Swerving to avoid a deer could cause you to lose control of your vehicle or hit another.
  • If you do happen to hit a deer, do not approach or touch the animal. This could cause further injury to the animal or yourself. Move your vehicle off the road and call 911.
  • Save your insurance company’s phone number in your contacts for easy access and contact them to report any incidents.

BHFCU Insurance wants you to stay safe and help you find the best insurance for your needs. Did you know we will review your coverage free of charge? As a BHFCU member, you have access to a free insurance review. Fill out the form here or call 605-718-7888 to get started.