Port Jervis police provide tips on how to avoid animals on the road

Here's some advice from AAA if an animal runs in front of your car.

News 12 Staff

Oct 20, 2022, 1:45 AM

Updated 580 days ago

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Port Jervis police say it's time to be deer aware.
They say that deer are more active now in the autumn, so drivers should be careful to avoid them.
Here's some advice from AAA if an animal runs in front of your car:
If you see one, there are probably more around
Scan the road and shoulders ahead of you.  Looking ahead helps provide enough reaction time if an animal is spotted. Also, remember some animals move in groups, so when there is one, there are usually more in the area.
Use high-beam headlights if there's no oncoming traffic. Wildlife may be spotted sooner when using high beams. This will give the driver time to slow down, move over or honk the horn to scare the animal away. High beams also help spot some animals' reflective eyes.
If a collision is unavoidable, apply the brakes firmly and remain in your lane.  Swerving to avoid an animal can often cause a more serious crash or result in drivers losing control of vehicles.
Be extra cautious at dawn and dusk. Most animals, especially deer, tend to be more active early in the morning and at dusk.
Slow down and use extra caution when traveling through areas with a high and active wildlife population.  Be aware of increased wildlife movement in some regions during certain times of year, such as hunting or mating season.
Drivers should always wear a seatbelt and remain awake, alert and sober.


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