Getting into a car accident can be a scary experience. Colliding with a deer is even more stressful. Besides the damage to your vehicle, potential injury to yourself and passengers, the deer is often too seriously hurt to survive. Prevention is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and these beautiful creatures. Here are some tips to help keep everyone safe!
Know The Area
Pay attention to the types of animals that live in the area you are driving. You may be surprised to find that deer and other critters live closer to neighborhoods than you might think. Be especially wary in areas that border on wildlife preserves, parks and mountains. Knowing what to look for helps you to be prepared should something show up in your path.
Check The Time
Deer and other large mammals are known to be move active during the early morning and early evening hours, especially around dawn and sunset. This is when they are moving in search of food. The glare from the sun may also present a challenge during these times.
You can't react to something until you see it. Keep on top of your surroundings by focusing on the road ahead. Be sure to frequently scan the edges on either side of you. This is where deer are often found foraging for edible plants and other goodies. Your vehicle's presence may startle them, causing them to jump into the street. By paying attention to the spots they are likely to linger, you can get some valuable lead time to prevent an accident.
Clean Your Windshield
Similar to scanning the sides of the road, maintaining a clear line of sight can help boost your reaction time. Dirty or smudged windshields can cost you valuable seconds. Make sure your windshields, side mirrors and side windows are all clean and clear. It's also a good idea to remove any dangling items from your rearview mirror. These can obstruct your vision, no matter how small they may be.
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