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I was running an errand just after dark 2 nights ago going thru my neighborhood. I'm suburban, some subdivisions, with many fields, some farmed, and creek bed lands left as natural beltways all mixed in within a block from my home.
This section of 2 lane road has no streetlights, with farm fields on one side and wooded large home tracts on the other.

I was driving my 08 Pilot, cruising up a hill about 35mph, when for some reason within milliseconds I saw a blurry thing in the right of my peripheral vision. I jammed on the brakes! Within less that a second, this HUGE deer dart across from right to left, and less than a second later- another one darts by. I'm stopped by now and waiting for any others.
I waited a few seconds, didn't see any, thanked God, and kept cruising. Now with my high beams on and watching more diligently for Deer and slowing a bit on the darker back streets.

I narrowly missed the first one, by about 1 foot! It was a very big Doe (no antlers), and fully grown- big!

If I had not of gone with my instincts before I really saw and knew there was a deer and jammed the brake, I surely would have hit it big time!
This would not have been life threatening or harmful to me driving at these speeds (in a 'cage'- motorcycle rider lingo for 4+ wheeled vehicles), but would have caused major front end damage do the front end- maybe set an air bag off too?

That'd be something, air bag deployment b/c I hit a deer!

Watch out on those darker country roads this time of year.
 
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I've seen photos of those Wisconsin whitetail deer. They can be twice the size of whitetail in Texas. Could prove to be deadly if you hit one.
 
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Yes, this one was really big. I've seen plenty of young small ones too.
Luckily I was in an SUV, and not going too fast, still would have done some major damage FS.
 
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Glad everything and everyone is OK, including the driver that wasn't right behind you.
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Are you now contemplating any of these accessories?
  • deer whistles, if they really work
  • 10,000 lumen LED low and high beams, if you don't already have some Amazon.com : 10000 lumen headlight
  • bull bar or brush guard, FWIW
  • a dashcam so you can post an awesome video of your next encounter
 

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Braking and preparing for impact is better as swerving to avoid them usually doesn’t end well...
After a mild deer incident years ago, I asked my insurance carrier about this. The rep didn't even hesitate - she said "Hit the deer. Never try to avoid it."

If you take evasive action and there's a wreck, it's your fault. If you drive into a deer, it's not. I don't know where braking suddenly in heavy traffic would fall.

But I once knew a guy that swore by deer whistles. He routinely drove through an area called Elk Heights. Running into one of those guys makes hitting a deer look mild.

Glad you came out unscathed.
 

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Funny story... a buddy of mine had a deer hit him. Legitimately ran into the SIDE of his car while moving.
 

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After a mild deer incident years ago, I asked my insurance carrier about this. The rep didn't even hesitate - she said "Hit the deer. Never try to avoid it."

If you take evasive action and there's a wreck, it's your fault. If you drive into a deer, it's not. I don't know where braking suddenly in heavy traffic would fall.
I've been told the same thing. We get plenty of deer through the winter.

Funny story... a buddy of mine had a deer hit him. Legitimately ran into the SIDE of his car while moving.
My wife had that happen to her. Sitting at a stop light and it rammed into the side of her car, leaving a dent on the door and fender and hair in the door jamb. Scared the crap out of her since she never saw it.
 
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My wife had that happen to her. Sitting at a stop light and it rammed into the side of her car, leaving a dent on the door and fender and hair in the door jamb. Scared the crap out of her since she never saw it.
Mine was similar, but I was moving. I saw it standing on the side of the road, slowed down, thought I was OK as I got close with it still just standing there. As I passed, it panicked and jumped into my passenger-side door.
 

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Funny story... a buddy of mine had a deer hit him. Legitimately ran into the SIDE of his car while moving.
True story/ies-
On my motorcycles over the years- near the lakeshore of Lake Travis ouside of Austin- on my 'ol CB750 w/ my girlfriend on the back- similar situation- except I was going faster, and instinct told my to speed up/full throttle. Instead of hitting the deer, it hit my girlfriends shoulder and did not put us down either.
#2- With my with on the back- my ol GS1100ES- in TX again, outside of Houston. Same situation, I was going too fast to stop for it, and nailed the throttle- only to have it hit my wifes shoulder, again- didn't put us down.
Both times the deer grazed them, instead of hitting the deer broadside.
True stories

AND, no one was behind me. AND, even if they were- they should not be following so closely that they couldn't react to my slamming on the brakes from about 30 mph.
When I was in drivers ed. I was taught- you hit someone in the rear - YOUR fault, no if's and's or buts. Pun intended.
Today, they want to blame the car braking just because they can't follow at a safe distance, and can't be too bothered by PAYING THE F ATTENTION.
 
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