Tis the season, deer season. Fall is when hunters are allowed to go out and shoot deer, with either a bow or a gun. Although the exact weapon season itself fluctuates throughout the fall, as soon as it gets chilly expect more deer movement. More deer movement translates into deer and other animals being on our highways, where they would normally avoid.
There is one product on the market that claims to prevent automobile accidents with deer. It’s a whistle, specifically a deer whistle that mounts to the front of your car. The product claims to produce a noise that animals can hear, if the vehicle is traveling at least 35mph. There are those out there that feel it’s just a hoax and the product itself does not help in preventing drivers from colliding with deer crossing the road.
These deer whistles claim that they produce an ultra sonic sound that stops deer in their tracks or alerts deer to your vehicle. However, tests have been done that prove that the deer cannot hear the pitch produced by the whistle. Furthermore, whistles that deer can hear do not always ‘stop them in their tracks’, which is hopefully off the side of the road.
The best way to prevent accidents with deer when driving this fall? Be vigilant, pay close attention to the road, and never over drive your head lights. Safety starts with the person behind the wheel, not some cheap plastic deer whistle stuck to the front bumper.