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How to Avoid Hitting a Deer

separator It’s still the season for deer to be out and about, mating and migrating and wandering into the roads. And as farmland gives way to suburban development, more and more drivers are colliding with deer.

According to State Farm Insurance, about 1.5 million cars collided with deer in 2004, resulting in the deaths of 150 motorists and $1.1 billion in vehicle damages. 

What can you do to avoid hitting a deer?

  • Use your high beam headlights as much as possible, especially on roads where you’re more likely to see deer. This allows you to see deer sooner, and it gives you a better chance of avoiding them.
  • Don’t rely on mounted deer whistles. Studies have not shown them to be effective.
  • If you can tell that you’re going to hit a deer, try not to swerve. This typically results in higher likelihood of injury to you and damage to your car.

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