Would you believe that there are over 1.5 million deer/car collisions every year? Don't hit the deer!
I want to share some tips on what you can do to avoid hitting a deer.
Before I do, let me tell you what to do if a deer collision is inevitable...
- First, don't panic.
- Next, hold on to the steering wheel, apply the brakes, aim straight ahead and take the deer out.
What ever you do, do not swerve to avoid the deer. Here's why...
The most serious accidents occur when a driver swerves to get out of the way of an animal and loses control of their car, striking a tree, another car or another person.
Hit the deer, he won't sue you.
If you do strike a deer remember it is a comprehensive claim. This means you don't get a chargeable accident on your driving record like you get if you hit a tree or another car.
Now here are some common-sense tips you can share with others to cut the chances of striking a deer in the first place.
- Deer travel in groups, usually in single file. If you see one, stop to make sure he's not being followed.
- Whenever possible, keep your headlights on high beam. You'll pick up a deer's eyes much sooner.
- Deer are out most between dusk and midnight. Be alert.
- Wear your seatbelt. The deer will damage your car, but a second impact could be you striking the windshield unless you're belted in like you should be.
Please pass this info on to others; especially younger drivers who are not as experienced and tend to panic more easily.
Remember, sometimes there is not time to react to a deer except to strike it. Its a much better alternative than hurting yourself, your passengers or people in another car (who can , and will, sue you).