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‘Tis the Season for Deer to Be on the Move! Here’s How to Avoid Hitting One

Bambi’s great but not when he’s running out in front of your car.

It’s deer season and that means the animals are single and ready to mingle. All over the place.

And they don’t seem to notice your vehicle barreling down the highway toward them.

It’s actually a serious problem. The Insurance Information Institute’s research shows that there are more than one and half million accidents every year involving a deer and a vehicle.

These accidents result in hundreds of fatalities and tens of thousands of injuries.

There’s a spike in claims in the month of November and the approximate cost for each deer hit is over $4,000.

Being prepared can make a big difference!

Here’s what you need to watch out for during this year’s deer season.

Be aware of the time

There are certain times of day when the deer are more active: dusk and dawn.

When you add that to the fact that these times also have limited visibility and you have a recipe for trouble!

Be on the lookout during these times of day, as well as after dark.

Look for buddies

Because they move in packs, if you see one deer, you can bet there are more to follow.

If one crosses the road in front of you, slow down and watch for more.

Don’t swerve

Your instinct is to automatically turn your will to miss something that’s in your way.

There are a few reasons that this is a terrible idea.

  • You risk hitting a vehicle in the other lane.
  • You may actually swerve right into the deer’s path.
  • You could lose control of your car.
If a deer crosses in front of you, remain calm, hold your wheel steady, and firmly brake, staying in your lane.

Use your horn

Some experts believe that laying on the horn when you see a deer will scare it away from the roadway.

The jury is still out on that one, but forego devices like deer whistles because they’re a waste of your money.

Heed warnings

It seems like a no-brainer, but sometimes a reminder is necessary – those deer crossing signs are put up for a reason!

They’re there to alert you to the fact that you’re in a zone that deer frequent. Keep your eyes open!

What if you’re unlucky?

If you do end up having an unwanted meeting between your vehicle and Bambi, here’s what you should do.

  • Pull over as soon as you can.
  • Turn on your hazard lights and stay in your car until you’re positive it’s safe.
  • If you’re injured, call for emergency services. You may also need to call the police if there is property damage.
  • Don’t try to approach the deer. If it’s hurt, it will likely be confused and could pose a danger to you. You should, however, alert the police as to where the deer is located.

If your vehicle is damaged, give us a call at Conrad’s and we’d be happy to have you back on the road!