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October 24, 2012

AAA says be watchful for deer

Ada — By Local and AP Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY — Autumn weather brings more than cooler weather and colorful foliage. AAA says it also brings more deer to Oklahoma’s highways, especially at dusk and dawn.

Chuck Mai of AAA-Oklahoma says the deer mating season is beginning and the animals are searching for food to build up fat reserves for the winter.

 AAA Oklahoma offers the following tips for drivers:

Buckle up and don’t speed. A decrease in speed gives you more time to react.

Be observant. Look for deer-crossing signs indicating areas where deer frequently travel.

Reduce distractions in the vehicle and stay alert. A deer standing near a roadside may suddenly run across the road. Slow down and use your horn to scare the deer.

Look for groups. Deer travel in groups, so if you see one crossing the road ahead slow down, as there are probably others in the area but out of view.

Never swerve. Instead, slow down and brake. Swerving can cause you to lose control of your vehicle and strike another vehicle or object along the roadway.

Do not rely on devices. There is no conclusive evidence that hood-mounted deer whistles and other such devices work.

Slow down. If a crash with a deer is unavoidable, AAA recommends slowing down and releasing your foot from the brake before impact. This will raise the front end of the car during the crash and increase the likelihood that the animal will go underneath the vehicle instead of through the windshield.

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