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In Case of Doubt, Hit the Deer

Did you know that there are over 1.5 million deer/car collisions every year?  Especially if you live in a rural area, you may encounter deer on or near the road almost every day.  Car / deer collisions can be very serious – that’s why we decided to share a few tips on how to avoid hitting a deer.

But first, here is our recommendation on 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.

We’re serious.

Whatever 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.

In case of doubt, hit the deer. He won’t sue you.

If you do strike a deer remember it’s a “comprehensive” claim. This means you don’t get a chargeable accident on your driving record like you’ll 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.

1. Deer travel in groups, usually in single file. If you see one, stop to make sure he’s not being followed.

2. Whenever possible, keep your headlights on high beam. You’ll pick up a deer’s eyes much sooner.

3. Deer are out most between dusk and midnight. Be alert.

4. 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 tend to panic more easily.

Remember, sometimes there’s no time to react to a deer except to strike it. It’s a much better alternative than hurting yourself, your passengers, or people in another car (who can, and will, sue you).

Safe travels!

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