Tips on animal encounters

Whether you are chased by a dog, or you encounter a deer while scooting the mountains, if you don’t know what to do, these encounters can result in serious collisions.  Many experts say that the best approach to survive such a collision is to safely avoid hitting the animal. The California Motorcycle Handbook adds: “If you are in traffic, however, remain in your lane. Hitting something small is less dangerous to you than hitting something big—like a car.”

Here are some basic tips you might find useful.

Tips to avoid hitting a deer

  • If you encounter a deer on the road, be extremely cautious passing it. Slow down and be prepared to stop.
  • Watch for deer crossing signs. If it is a deer inhabited area, slow down, cover your brakes and watch the sides of the road. Slowing down will decrease your braking distance and will give you more time to react.
  • Deer are most active at dusk and dawn, so be extra cautious at those times.
  • Deer travel in groups, so if you see one, probably there are more, slow down and be prepared.
  • If a deer freezes seeing your headlight, flashing your headlight may break the spell.
  • Note that, if you swerve to avoid the deer, you might hit something else instead, such as an incoming vehicle or a tree.

What to do if you are chased by a  dog

If you are chased by a dog, start by slowing down and approach the animal slowly. As you approach it, accelerate away and leave the animal behind.

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  1. Dar says:

    Thanks for the tips! We have lots of deer here.

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