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6 tips to avoid an accident with deer

Sep 27, 2016 03:47PM ● Published by Today's Family

According to Car-Accidents.com, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there are approximately 1.5 million car crashes each year as a result of deer.  Deer are especially active during fall, which coincides with their mating season.  Although we cannot stop deer from entering roadways at inopportune times, there are steps we can take to reduce the chance of having an accident if a deer crosses our path while driving:
  1. Be vigilant while driving in wooded areas. Although deer can be found almost anywhere, city or suburb, it is important to be extra cautious when driving through heavily wooded areas.
  2. Use high beams whenever possible.  High beams can help illuminate deer and allow you to see the reflection of your lights in its eyes.  Be cautious with high beams though; if a deer does cross your path, it may freeze in your headlights.  Be sure to turn them off quickly and beep your horn to help scare the deer away.
  3. Watch for deer crossing signs. These signs are placed where there is an increased likelihood of coming across a deer so be sure to pay even more attention to your surroundings.
  4. �Drive in the center lane whenever possible, if traveling down a multi-lane road.  This will give you just a little more reaction time if a deer darts in front of your vehicle.  If on a two lane road, stay as close to the center line as is safely possible.
  5. Do not swerve.  If a deer enters the roadway, be sure to step on the brakes and keep your wheel straight. Typically, deer will move out of the way and if you swerve, you may put yourself back into the path of the deer.  Also, sharp turns can increase the likelihood of losing control of the vehicle and causing an accident with another vehicle, tree, etc.
  6. Watch for relatives.  Deer do not travel alone so if you see one, be aware that there are more nearby.  This is another reason swerving is a bad idea––swerving to avoid one deer may put you in the path of another.
Deer are one of the most dangerous animals to man due to their contributions to auto accidents. Taking simple precautions can be the difference between having an accident with a deer and almost having an accident with a deer.  There are products out there such as deer whistles that attach to your car and emit a high-pitched whistle to notify deer of your oncoming vehicle.  There are conflicting reports as to their effectiveness, so be sure to take all necessary precautions when driving, especially at dawn or dusk when deer traffic is highest.

Courtesy of the Corsaro Insurance Group and Central Insurance Companies.

Matthew Corsaro is the president and owner of the Corsaro Insurance Group in Mentor, Ohio.  His company and staff have been providing insurance solutions to families and business owners for over forty years.  Mr. Corsaro has obtained the Accredited Advisor in Insurance and Certified Insurance Counselor designations.  Corsaro Insurance Group represents over twenty insurance companies.  As well they have expertise in all areas of auto, home and business Insurance.  They can be reached at 440-946-4950.

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