One of the easiest ways to avoid hitting wild animals like white-tailed deer and raccoons when driving is to simply follow the speed limit. According to the Humane Society of the United States, animals are struck because the driver was going too fast to avoid them. But there are other tips you can take to help prevent a collision. Be aware that wildlife is often out during dawn, dusk and a few hours after darkness. Be more cautious on two-lane roads bordered by woods, or when you cross a small bridge with streams underneath; wild animals feed there. And one extra tip: Lower your dashboard lights at night. You'll get a better view of your headlights reflecting in the eyes of wild animals, giving you a few extra seconds to brake.