The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 15, 2012

Our Readers Speak — Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

Drivers must be alert, quick with the horn

I am writing pertaining to the subject of collisions with deer or all animals in general.

Everyone offers specific tips on avoiding these instances, but fail to mention the one solution that I have found very successful for me and others who have tried it.

You must be alert at all times and quick to sound your horn when you see deer crossing the road in front of you. If you are quick to respond and lay on your horn the deer will react to the sound and will not come into the paths of oncoming vehicles.

I have worked for over 35 years, driving over mountains and have been fortunate enough not to hit an animal.

Sounding your horn is the best defense of any animal collisions. I can’t tell you  how many times this simple tip has kept me from a deer collision. You must train yourself to think and react quickly; make it an instinct.

I recommend you to know where the horn is and keep one hand near it if you see any animal in your potential path. It certainly gets the animals’ attention.

I have told countless people and they now believe this is most effective. I hope people will read this and program themselves to think quickly.

Remember, this not only works with deer, but other animals as well. I do understand that not all instances can be avoided. So remember when you are rounding a curve and see a deer, apply your brakes and sound your horn. This may prevent you from having to swerve to avoid a deer collision and accidents.

Keith Shumate

Glen Fork