Caught in the headlights
Simple tips to help avoid deer collisions
With the deer population increasing across the country, and living space for wildlife on the decline, the number of incidents involving a deer jumping into the path of a car has been steadily on the rise. This is especially true from October through December when male deer activity dramatically increases, resulting in a significant rise in the number of vehicular collisions.
A deer can literally come out of nowhere, leaving only seconds to react. Even worse, the collision can result in significant property damage and even life- threatening situations.
To stay safe, consider the following:
Watch the clock
Deer are most active from sunset to midnight, and during the hours just before and after sunrise, which are feeding times.
Watch your speed
It’s not just the speed of the animal that plays a factor — it’s the speed of the vehicle. Think about it: if you are driving your vehicle at a speed of over 60 miles per hour, you’ll cover the length of a football field in the same time it takes to change a CD.
Keep your eyes open
Deer don’t run alone. If you see one, there are likely others nearby.
If a deer is suddenly in front of you, sound your horn to frighten it away. Break firmly, but stay in your lane. Serious crashes happen when drivers swerve to avoid a deer, only to hit other vehicles or lose control of their cars.
Wear your seatbelt.
Most people injured in deer/ car crashes were unbuckled at the time.
“ Deer are bigger and heavier than people may think,” said Mike Convery, vice president and chief claim officer of MetLife Auto & Home. “ Fortunately, by staying alert and reacting appropriately, it’s possible to avoid many collisions.”
For additional information on wildlife collisions, MetLife Auto & Home is offering to the public a free new brochure, “ Deer Collisions: How to Avoid Becoming a Statistic.”
The brochure provides useful information, including other tips on how to avoid a deer collision, and is available by calling ( 800) 6385433.
Danger zone: Avoid collisions with deer by driving cautiously and keeping watch during peak deer movement hours.