Although we see deer hits all year round, we always see more this time of year. Our latest blog is all about driving tips to help you avoid an accident involving deer.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
From our experience, the majority of vehicle accidents involving a deer occur from October through December, when deer activity is at its peak. Make sure to pay close attention to what is around you. Pay strict attention to deer crossing signs, as they can help you identify areas known to have a high deer population. Make sure to slow down and increase the distance between your vehicle and other vehicles, especially when you see crossing signs. This extra room may give you additional time to react if a deer does cross the road in front of you.
If there is one – there may be more
Deer typically travel in groups, so if you see one, keep your eyes open for others. It’s recommended that you shouldn’t swerve to avoid hitting a deer, even though it is a common instinct, because it can cause you to lose control of your car and result in a more serious accident.
Pay Attention to the Clock
Deer tend to be most active at dawn and dusk. Since visibility is lower during these times, reduce your speed at night and use high-beam headlights for a better view — but tone them down when oncoming traffic approaches so you don’t reduce the visibility of other drivers. That bright light also helps a deer’s eyes stand out, helping you to spot them earlier. This may give you more time to slow down and pass them safely.
Regularly Clean and Inspect Your Car
When deer are on the move, you want to be able to see them from as far away as you can. To help with clear visibility, we recommend keeping your windshield and headlights clean. While you’re at it, make sure your taillights are clean and working as well. Also, tapping your brakes can help alert other drivers if you see a deer.
Have A Plan In Case of an Accident
Like every animal, deer can be unpredictable. While you may take these steps to improve your safety, accidents still happen. If you do hit a deer, come to a stop on the side of the road and turn on your hazard lights. Remain in your vehicle and report the accident to the local police department. Do not attempt to touch the animal, as a scared or wounded deer could cause further harm to itself — or even you.
If your vehicle is not drivable, you can have it towed directly to our shop. If you can safely drive it, come in for an estimate – no appointment needed. Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible.
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