How to Avoid Deer on the Road

How to Avoid Vehicular Collisions with Deer

Each year, there are approximately 1.5 million deer/vehicle collisions on U.S. roadways. Fortunately, there are many humane and effective ways to reduce the number of deer collisions that drivers can adopt easily. While your auto insurance in Reading, PA will aid recovery if you do damage your vehicle in a collision with deer, the best step is to avoid collisions altogether.

Be vigilant. Scan the road ahead as you drive, especially in areas of low visibility or where shrubs or grasses are near the road.

Heed deer warning signs. In areas where deer are likely to be present, there will be a diamond-shaped warning sign. When you see this sign, drop a few mph off your speed to give you that extra time to react.

Watch for group behavior. Deer often travel in groups. If you see one deer hiding, there will be more likely to follow. Slow down and do your best to watch for more. Females travel together in the winter and fawns follow their mothers in spring and summer.

Be watchful at dusk and dawn. These are the times when deer tend to be more active. Slow down and stay alert, particularly after dark.

Try to drive straight. Avoid swerving around wildlife. Instead, brake firmly and blow your horn. Animals can get easily confused, and swerving one way could hit the deer or mean that you drive into another vehicle.

Wear your seat belt. If may not prevent a collision, but if the worst does happen, a seat belt can reduce injuries. This is especially true if you lose control and collide with something bigger and more stationary than a deer.

The right auto insurance can help protect you in the event of an accident. From covering medical expenses to car repair expenses, ensure that you have optimum coverage for your needs. To get the right car insurance contact the professionals at Insurance Offices Ltd., serving Reading, PA.

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