I usually don't ride when it's really cold and especially early morning on the dark back roads going to and from work at 5am. I've always slowed way down and have the bike decked out with led pods for added sight in an effort to avoid deer and hogs. About two months ago, I hit a deer at 4 am in the ambulance and actually put an antler through the bumper and destroyed the front of the ambulance. After that, I really didn't want to ride these backroads.
This morning I put aside my fear, geared up and made the journey. I kept my landing lights on bright and kept my eyes opened and really paid attention way down the road. The deer that I hit came straight out if the woods and there was no time to slow down, so all that I can hope for is to see them in time. This morning was uneventful and the ride was smooth. Temp was 50 degrees F and it was a good ride. I was nervous as hell, but I have to get the worst out of my head. Most wrecks are avoidable and we can mitigate most of the dangers, but hogs and deer are a whole other danger. The thing that gets me is that I've hit seven deer in 11 years with different ambulances. This last incident was by far the worst and the first to put my ambulance out if service. If I had been on the bike, it probably would have been my death.
I'm glad to be facing my fears, but part if me feels like I'm taking a very unnecessary risk riding through the deer woods when it's dark. Anyone else refuse to get on their bike in a scenario like this?
Last edited by unit505; 04-22-2019 at 09:33 AM.