We all know the Montrose slogan, "Stay here, Play everywhere," which means find a place to stay and drive somewhere else to have fun. One of my favorite places to go is Ouray, especially when family and friends come to town. The mountain views during that drive are stunning but tend to take our minds off the road a bit.

So it's not surprising while I was enjoying the view, a herd of deer darted onto the highway. Three decided it was a bad decision and retreated, while the leader decided to GO FOR IT. Fortunately, I hit my brakes just in time to avoid the young buck.

After pulling off to the side of the road and taking a few deep breaths, I realized I was irresponsible, especially knowing it's mating season and many accidents occur during this time of year.

Michael J. Rivera/TSM
Michael J. Rivera/TSM

Deer Crossing sign

Deer Crossing

Here are a few tips to avoid these accidents with deer and other wild animals.

Stay Aware

Deer rarely travel alone. Where there is one there are likely more to follow. Dusk and dawn is where you will find the most activity.

Brake, Don't Swerve

If you see a deer, brake, and don't swerve, you lose control of your vehicle. 

Be Alert

It is important to keep your eyes open and always be aware of your surroundings.

High Beams

At night, when there is no oncoming traffic, use your high beams.

Deer Crossing Road

Deer Crossing Road

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