November is the top month for auto-deer collisions. Here are a few pointers on how to avoid hitting a deer with your vehicle.
Did you know that autumn is peak season for auto-deer collisions? More car accidents involving deer occur in the month of November than in any other month!
Here are a few more eye-opening facts. According to the Insurance Information Institute, there are over 1.6 million deer collisions in the United States each year. Over 200 people are killed annually when man and deer collide and another 29,000 people suffer injuries. Almost half of all wildlife-related car accidents are because the driver swerved to avoid an animal. And with the average deer weighing between 125 to 300 pounds, it’s no surprise that deer collisions result in over $3.6 billion in property damage each year.
Here are some steps you can take to minimize your risk of colliding with a deer:
Use extra caution when driving at dusk or dawn. These are the times of day when deer are most active.
If you see a deer crossing the road – slow down!. Deer are unpredictable and can bolt suddenly. Sounding the horn encourages the deer to leave the roadway.
Heed the warning signs. If you see a deer-crossing sign, reduce your speed.
Don’t swerve. Most accidents are caused not by colliding with a deer, but by steering into oncoming traffic to avoid the deer.
If you should collide with a deer and aren’t certain the animal is dead, keep your distance and call 911.