While residents in Northwestern Ontario continue to put pressure on local authorities and the MNR to cull the urban deer population, motorists in Michigan appear to have their own way of keeping the number of deer under control.
I counted no less than 17 dead deer on the side of the highway during our trip up to the cabin on Monday. I suspect the body shop guys will be busy.
Early morning, and the hour just after sunset are especially dangerous times for drivers and deer. As eager as we are to get to the cottage, or to arrive home at the end of the weekend, it is always a good idea to slow things down a bit in areas where the deer tend to play chicken with cars and trucks.
Aside from the obvious risks of injury to passengers, the cost and inconvenience of repairing the vehicle should be ample motivation to take our time on the road.
Consider waiting until the fog lifts before hitting the highway in the morning when commuting to the cottage. On the way back to the city, try to get a head start on the traffic and plan to arrive home before dusk.
Driving To The Cottage Tips
Written and photographed by: Andrew Walker