How to Avoid Hitting a Deer
Five Steps to Avoid Hitting a Deer
Hitting a deer can really cost you. While some collisions are unavoidable, you can be proactive.
- One—If you see a deer, slow down immediately and stay on the road. The worst deer-related accidents are those where the driver veered off-road. Given the vast amount of rocks and trees in our area, veering off road is not only more damaging to your car, but more dangerous for you and your passengers.
- Two—Be vigilant. Where there’s one deer, there’s probably more.
- Three—Drive defensively and give yourself plenty of time during periods where deer are most likely to be active.
- Four—Buckle up. It won’t prevent a collision, but it will help keep you protected.
- Five—Pay attention to road signs. If you see one, you are in a heavy deer area.
Lastly, when in doubt, HONK.
Should a deer decide to go head-to-head with your car, pull over as soon as you can. Check the damage, file a claim with your insurance, and call your friends at Hammer’s Autoworks. And remember—though you might not be able to avoid an accident, what you do can help minimize the damage.