As you make your travel plans this month, keep in mind that turkeys aren't the only animals on the run. According to the Highway Loss Data Institute, November through December is the peak time for motorists to experience deer collisions.
Every November, as deer migrate and mate, their increased activity causes a sharp spike in deer-vehicle collisions.
Up from previous years, the average property damage from a deer-vehicle collision is estimated at $3,900. Overall, drivers in the U.S. are 3% more likely to hit a deer in the next 12 months than they were last year.
As the risk of deer collisions rise sharply, Trident Insurance would like to offer some tips to help better prepare motorists:
- Be aware. Look out for deer-crossing signs and wooded areas where deer or other animals would likely travel.
- Be alert. Watch for deer especially around dawn and between the hours of 6-9 p.m. when they are most active.
- Don't rely on deer whistles. The whims of wild animals are not beholden to this technology.
- Slow down. If you see an animal on the side of the road, slow down, and at night, when traffic permits, put on your high-beams for greater visibility.
- Brake, don't swerve. Swerving to avoid an animal can put you at risk for hitting another vehicle or losing control of your car. It can also confuse the animal as to which way to go. Just slow down as quickly and safely as you can.
- Assume they have friends. Deer travel in herds, so if you see one run across the road, expect others to follow.
Animal-vehicle collisions are a danger to motorists, property, and wildlife, but with proper precautions you can help avoid having a deer or other animal have an unfriendly encounter with your car.
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Baldwin Insurance Agency
200 N. Jefferson Suite A
Kearney, Mo 64060
Phone (816) 628-0092
Fax (816) 635-9097