Autumn is upon us, which means the horizon is beginning to yellow and deer are on the move. While a collision is probably not on many people’s bucket lists, hitting a large animal on a motorcycle can be deadly – and not just for the deer. Consider the following tips to stay safe on your bike this deer season.
1. Avoid driving during the most active hours for deer
Deer are most lively early in the morning and right around twilight, which is why hunters generally choose these times to practice their sport. The best way to avoid encountering a deer is to ride while they are least active and avoid being on the road at dawn and dusk.
2. Be careful in areas with deer crossing signs
Caution should be applied everywhere, but in areas with deer crossing signs, extra care should be taken. These often indicate that deer have been spotted on the road in that area before, and they are likely to be seen there again.
3. Avoid country roads, especially at night
Deer are much less likely to appear on busy highways with 50’ of clearing around them than they are to stumble onto a poorly lit country road. Additionally, those streets are often very curvy, which means you may not see an animal standing in the road until you are just feet away from it.
4. If you see a deer, watch for others
Because deer usually travel in groups, it’s not uncommon to see more than one after you’ve spotted the first.
5. Make sure your bike is properly insured
The state of Missouri requires all motorists, including motorcycle riders, to properly insure their vehicles. Varying levels of coverage are available to suit different types of bikes. Make certain you have the right policy by checking your coverage locally with GTW Insurance.