If you love going off-roading in your pickup truck, you probably know that you have to be careful about things like getting stuck in the mud or accidentally scratching up your truck. However, there is one more issue that you should watch out for that can be quite dangerous -- hitting a deer. Since you're going into their home, so to speak, it shouldn't be surprising to encounter deer while off the road and in the woods. However, following these helpful tips can help you avoid hitting a wild animal and can help keep you and your vehicle safe.
Avoid Going Off-Road at Dawn or Dusk
It is often most common to see deer active at dawn and dusk, so avoid going off-roading at these times if at all possible. If you can't avoid it, make sure that you are especially careful at these times of day.
Make Sure Your Truck is Well-Lit
If your truck isn't properly lit, it can be tough to see deer in the woods when you are far away from the street and city lights. When there aren't other drivers off-roading with you, use your high beams to better illuminate the woods so that you can get a better view. It's also a good idea to add an off-road LED light bar to the top of your truck if you are going to be spending a lot of time off-roading. Once you have additional lighting on your truck, it will be easier for you to see when you're in the woods; then, you can watch out for the bright, shiny eyes that you often see first when you encounter deer.
If You See One, Look for More
If you see one deer run in front of you or near your truck while you're in the woods, you might feel a sigh of relief that there wasn't an accident. However, you should know that deer are herd animals. This means that if you see one deer, there is a very strong chance that there are more around. Once you see one, make sure that you proceed with caution, and consider moving out of the area slowly and safely to help avoid an accident.
Going off-roading can be a lot of fun, but hitting a deer probably wouldn't be very fun at all. In order to continue off-roading while staying safe and preventing damage to your truck, remember these tips while off the road and in the woods.