WITH the clocks changing last weekend, Hampshire motorists are being advised to take caution to avoid deer collisions this autumn.

Highways England, the CLA and The Deer Initiative have joined forces to warn motorists about the heightened risk of deer and vehicle collisions with a new campaign highlighting road hotspots for deer and vehicle collisions and five key tips for motorists.

Hampshire road hotspots include the M27 from Ower to Fareham including sliproads and junctions two to 11, the M3 junctions 10 to 11, and the A34 near Winchester.

The changes to the clocks mean deer movement will coincide with peak commuting hours, increasing the likelihood of motorists seeing and colliding with a deer.

Surveyor Tim Woodward said: “A collision with a deer can happen at any time of year but the darker evenings in the autumn increase the risk of the animals unexpectedly crossing roads and running straight into the line of oncoming traffic.

“Not only is this an animal welfare issue, but considerable damage can be done to a vehicle if it collides with an animal as large as a deer, and there is the risk that driver and passengers will be injured, too. Remembering how to react when you see deer can reduce the risk of a potentially life threatening accident.”

Around two million deer are currently living wild in the UK.

The highest risk of a deer-vehicle collision occurring is said to be between sunset and midnight, and the hours shortly before and after sunrise.


l When you see deer warning signs or are travelling through a heavily wooded or forested stretch of road, check your speed and stay alert.

l If your headlights are on, use full-beams when you can; but dip them if you see deer, as they may ‘freeze’.

l More deer may follow the first one you see so be alert if you see one at first.

l Be prepared to stop. Try not to suddenly swerve to avoid a deer. Hitting oncoming traffic or another obstacle could be even worse.

l If you have to stop, use your hazard warning lights.