Some Suggestions on Ways to Avoid Deer Vehicle Collisions

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission recognizes the growing problems with deer-related accidents in our state. As both human and deer populations continue to grow, some of these accidents are unavoidable. Here are some steps that may help a motorist avoid many of these accidents.

  • Deer are most active near daylight and dusk and on dark, overcast or foggy nights. Motorists should reduce their speed during these times, especially in areas known to be frequented by deer.
  • Drive with headlights on high beam when possible. Watch for eyes reflecting in your lights especially at field edges or posted deer crossing areas. If you see deer, immediately reduce your speed, even though the deer may be a considerable distance from the road. Your headlights may cause them to panic and run at any time.
  • If you see a deer cross the road in front of you, don't assume that all is clear. Deer often travel in groups and one will often cross right behind the other.
  • Don't place your confidence in "deer whistles" or other "ultra-sonic" devices claiming to prevent deer collisions.
  • We are aware of no scientific evidence that these devices are effective.
  • Support legal and ethical hunting as a means of keeping deer numbers at levels where they can be enjoyed by all.