Deer Collisions Double This Time of Year; Avoid a Wreck Using These Tips
GEORGIA – October 23, 2018 (patch.com) According to an online news story from patch.com, the risk of deer collisions doubles this time of year. The article provides five tips to help drivers avoid a wreck.*
Mating season for deer (also called “rut”) runs from October through December. During this time, deer are more active and about twice as likely to run across roadways, particularly in rural areas. Federal safety officials estimate 200 people die every year from collisions with deer, and insurance company State Farm says an average deer collision claim runs more than $4,000. Risk of injury and financial loss are reasons to make every effort to avoid one of these accidents.
Five tips for avoiding a collision with a deer include:
Slow down. The best thing drivers can do during this time of year is take things slowly. Keep your eyes peeled for deer, and make sure you are driving at a speed that allows you time to stop.
Use high beams when possible. When other drivers are not coming your way, use your high beams to give yourself a better chance of seeing a deer before it enters your path.
Educate yourself about deer. Knowing deer habits can help you understand when you’re more at risk for a crash. Most deer collisions occur shortly after sunset and around sunrise.
Use deer as cues. Deer usually travel in herds, so use the first deer you spot as a cue for how to react. If one deer is crossing the road as you drive up, know that more are probably following.
Do not veer. If a deer crosses your path on the road, do not try to veer out of the way. Most injury accidents with deer occur because drivers crashed after trying to swerve away from the animal. Instead, press firmly on your brakes and try to come to as controlled a stop as possible as quickly as possible.
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