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.