AAA Offers Safety Tips to Avoid Deer-Vehicle Crashes
As mating season for deer begins, drivers will start to see more interfering with the roadways. This means drivers need to demonstrate more caution on the roadways.
“Animal-vehicle collisions start to increase in October and peak in mid-November,” said AAA Public Affairs Manager, Cindy Antrican. “As the deer population grows and urbanization spreads into formerly rural areas, motorists need to be even more cautious and alert behind the wheel, especially at dawn and dusk, which can be the time for high levels of deer activity.”
The Ohio Department of Public reported in 2016 there were 18,439 deer-related crashes, resulting in five fatalities, 833 injuries and more than 17,000 damaged vehicles.
“Deer and other vehicles are unpredictable and you never know when they might dash out in front of your vehicle. But there are actions you can take to prevent an accident or reduce the damage from animal collisions,” said Antrican. “First and foremost, always protect yourself by wearing a seat belt and removing all distractions behind the wheel.”
If you end up being in an animal-related crash, AAA recommends to:
- Call the police
- Avoid making eye contact with the animal
- Put your hazard lights on
- Move your vehicle to a safe location and wait for help to arrive.
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