If you’ve just bought a new car, the last thing you want to be in is an auto accident. This time of year, many people across the U.S. have to be concerned about collisions with deer and other wildlife, as animals begin to prepare for winter and hunting seasons open.
Deer are most active in the spring and fall, and dawn and dusk are peak times to see them. In a recent news release, Freemont Insurance noted that the average car-deer crash results in about $2000 in vehicle damage, usually to the front end.
Freemont Insurance also offers these driving safety tips to help you avoid deer-car collisions:
- Stay aware, awake, and sober. (Combat Distracted Driving.)
- Always wear a safety belt. It is your best defense against injury in any roadway crash.
- Pay attention to deer crossing and speed limit signs. Deer are creatures of habit and signs are installed at known deer-crossing areas to alert you.
- Be aware that deer are herd animals that frequently travel single file. If you see one whitetail deer, watch for others.
- Remain vigilant, even if you have a “deer whistle” on your vehicle. Multiple independent studies have shown that whistles are not effective at warding off deer.
If a crash is unavoidable, Freemont Insurance gives this advice:
- Don't swerve. Brake firmly, stay in your lane, hold onto the steering wheel, and bring your vehicle to a controlled stop.
- Pull off the road. Turn on your emergency flashers and be cautious of other traffic if you leave your vehicle.
- Don't try to remove a deer from a roadway unless you are convinced it is dead. A wounded deer can cause serious injuries.
- Report the crash to the nearest police and your car insurance agent.
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