Now through the new year your chances of an auto collision with deer are at their highest.
Please follow these simple tips to better protect yourself and your loved ones while on the road.
-Be especially watchful at dusk and dawn when deer are more active and may be feeding on grass along the road. As the sun sets, deer become harder to see and headlights can disorient them and cause them to run in front of, or into, your vehicle.
-Pay attention to “deer crossing” signs. The signs indicate a significant rate and pattern of accidents in that location over time. Be especially watchful in areas near woods, water or near newly installed game fences as well.
-If you see one deer, there are probably more nearby as they typically travel in single file groups. If one deer crosses, slow down and anticipate another.
-Drive slower at night, giving yourself time to see a deer in your headlights. Use high beams for greater visibility whenever it’s safe to do so. You can also lower the brightness of your dashboard lights to make it easier to see the road.
-If a collision with a deer is imminent, do not swerve or attempt to miss the deer. Take your foot off the accelerator and brake lightly, keeping a firm hold on the steering wheel while keeping the vehicle straight. Insurance statistics show that more car damage and serious injuries occur when drivers attempt to swerve and instead collide with guardrails or other vehicles.
-Always wear a seatbelt. Most fatalities in collisions with deer are the result of people not wearing a seatbelt.
Be safe out there!
Tips created by hupy.com