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Watch for Deer!


As the hours of sunlight get shorter, it is time to become more diligent about watching for deer while driving.

The best thing you can do to avoid a collision with an animal is STAY ALERT! Dawn and dusk are when deer are the most active. Always scan the road ahead, use your brighter headlights when there is no oncoming traffic and actually slow down when you see signs for animal crossings.

If you see a deer:

  • Look for a second one, deer often travel in groups

  • Slow down and stay in your lane

  • Swerving or braking hard could cause more injury and damage

  • Flash your headlights and honk the horn to try and move the animal off the road

If you hit a deer:

  • Try and remain calm

  • If possible, move your vehicle to a safe place and turn on your hazard lights

  • Call emergency services if anyone is injured

  • Contact the local authorities to clear the roadway or if any property has been damaged

  • Check to see if your vehicle is safe to operate

  • Look for leaking fluid, damaged lights, loose parts, etc.

  • When in doubt, call a tow truck

  • Stay away from the animal! A frightened or wounded animal could harm you

  • If it is safe to do so, take photos of the roadway, vehicle damage, and any injuries sustained

  • Report the incident to your insurance company as soon as possible


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