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Tips To Avoid Deer Collisions

If you have recently hit a deer with your car, then it is in your best interest to work with a collision repair expert so your car can be fixed. Collision repair involves a complete inspection of your car so that noticeable and hidden damage can be assessed and fixed. The automotive fixes are necessary if you want your car to be restored to its original condition. Once the repairs are completed, make sure you do not hit a deer again. You will need to understand deer and their behaviors to do this. Keep reading to find out about these behaviors and how you can avoid accidents.

Deer Travel During Mating Season

Many people believe that deer dart out into roads when hunting season starts, because they are startled by the gunshots. This is not the most significant reason why deer seem more present around suburban areas during the fall and winter months. During the spring and summer months, deer stay confined to areas deep in the woods where they feel safe. Deer travel long distances during mating season though, and the mating season often coincides with deer hunting season in the fall and winter. When deer travel during this time, then they are far more likely to cross roads and highways.

What Can You Do About It?

You may be aware of the areas in your town or city where deer are most likely to cross the road. In many towns, yellow signs mark these spaces so that drivers can watch for deer. When you drive during the months of October, November, and December, then you need to look for deer outside of these areas. Make sure to use your high beams on country roads and reduce your speed in the evening when deer are the most active.

If you see a deer in the road, slam on your brakes instead of trying to swerve out of the way. Deer travel in groups and you may hit a deer on the side of the road. You also may hit a tree or another car. Slowing down your vehicle is far more likely to reduce collision damage.

Deer Startle Easily

You probably already know that deer startle quite easily and seem to act erratically when they are scared.  Deer do not actually act erratically though. Deer use a variety of different senses to keep themselves safe from predators, but scent is used predominately. When a deer smells a predator they will run in the opposite direction. Hearing is often used in conjunction with smell to indicate that danger is near. When a deer cannot smell danger though, then they will use their hearing and their vision to sense danger.  

When you drive close to a deer, then the sounds and the quick movement scare the deer and indicate that danger is seriously close. The animal then acts quickly to get away and the road in front of your vehicle often appears to be the quickest and easiest way to flee. In reality, this is extremely dangerous for the deer, and you may hit the animal.

What You Can Do About It?

If you see a deer near your car, then you may honk your horn to scare them away. This may add to the deer’s fright and it may jump in front of you. Instead of honking, consider adding a deer whistle device to your car. A deer whistle is a wind activated device that releases a high pitched noise as you drive. The whistle creates a sound that travels quite far. This alerts the deer to your presence, and the animal will have several minutes instead of a few seconds to react. The deer will then run away from the road before you come near enough to hit the deer.  

Research suggests that some deer whistles do not work, so make sure to find a reputable product or purchase an ultrasonic device that does not require wind to operate properly.

If you have recently been involved in a car accident with a deer, then you need to make sure that your car is safe to drive. A collision repair shop can help you and the tips above can keep you from hitting a deer in the future.

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