Tips to avoid colliding with a deer

Tips to avoid colliding with a deer

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas drivers have a 1 in 107 chance of hitting a deer, according to the latest claims data from State Farm Insurance.

The months of October through December are especially perilous.

State Farm estimates the chances of a collision during deer hunting season more than doubles.

These tips from the Insurance Information Institute should help reduce your odds of hitting a deer

To reduce your odds of colliding with a deer, the Insurance Information Institute offers these tips:

  • Be especially attentive from sunset to midnight and during the hours shortly before and after sunrise. These are the highest risk times for deer-vehicle collisions.
  • Drive with caution when moving through deer-crossing zones, in areas known to have a large deer population and in areas where roads divide agricultural fields from forestland. Deer seldom run alone. If you see one deer, others may be nearby.
  • When driving at night, use high beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic. The high beams will better illuminate the eyes of deer on or near the roadway.
  • Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away.
  • Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or lose control of their cars.
  • Always wear your seat belt. Most people injured in car/deer crashes were not wearing their seat belt.
  • Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles, deer fences and reflectors to deter deer. These devices have not been proven to reduce deer-vehicle collisions.

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