It’s Deer Season – Avoid a Collision
At Three-C Body Shop, we specialize in repairing your car to the highest standards after it’s been in a collision. We’re always striving to ensure we really are “the finest in collision repair.” Even though our role typically doesn’t begin until after there’s been an accident, Three-C is always looking for ways to make good on our promise that we really do care about you and your car. One of the best ways to do that is to help you avoid a collision altogether. While collisions might be good for business, we help our customers any way we can. Study these tips on avoiding deer collisions so you and your car can remain safe on the road.
It was estimated that more than a million deer-vehicle collisions happened between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 in the United States. As urban sprawl continues, this number is likely growing. And with fall being migration season for deer, we are experiencing the most dangerous time for deer-vehicle collisions right now. Everyone needs to be prepared in order to stay out of the statistics.
Firstly, use common sense to be safe on the road. This includes obeying the signs. They’re there for a reason. When the speed limit is 55mph, you probably don’t need to go much faster than that, especially when traveling through or near a wooded area. This brings me to the next type of sign to obey: deer crossing signs. The signs aren’t placed randomly to simply remind drivers to always be cautious. A sign with a deer on it indicates that you are traveling through an area where a high volume of deer collisions has been reported. Of course, wooded areas will generally be the most dangerous places. Deer must cross roads to get from one side of their habitat to another. They usually aren’t lost or wandering; the road is running through their habitat and drivers should slow down in anticipation of encountering them.
Next, everyone should become a defensive driver in the fall. This means being prepared and able to take evasive action when a potential accident is apparent. Remember that using your brakes and staying within your own lane is preferable to swerving to avoid a collision. Make sure you’re capable of stopping within the range of your headlights. If you begin to brake as soon as you spot a deer, you should be able to stop in time, or at least minimize the damage. Defensive drivers are always alert and observant. As you drive along, don’t use tunnel vision. Always check the sides of the road for movement. It could be a factor in avoiding a collision.
Finally, be careful when driving at times of poor visibility, as they are, coincidentally, also the times when deer are most likely to be on the move. Sunset and sunrise are hard on our eyes as it’s not really dark or light. Just use extra caution at these times or avoid driving if possible.
For more tips and explanation about avoiding deer-vehicle collisions, check this out.