The next several weeks is a critical time for all drivers. Nebraska Game and Parks spokesperson Greg Wagner says it is deer mating season and they ae on the move. He says pay extra attention to deer crossing signs, especially from dusk until dawn.
Drivers will need to be especially cautious around rivers, creeks and near wooded areas close to roads.
Wagner says if you encounter a deer on the road, “have the nerve not to swerve’. He says, “It is when you swerve to avoid a deer is when you get into trouble. You hit another vehicle. You are involved in a roll-over. You go through the ditch and a barbed wire fence. We tell people in deer corridor areas, slow down. A lot of our deer – vehicle collisions involve high speed so slow down.”
Wagner says use your peripheral vision to spot deer. If you see one crossing the road, more will likely follow, whether it is a buck chasing a doe or a fawn trying to keep up with a doe. If you see deer, honk your horn, continually tap your brakes and put on your emergency flashers if you need to.