Be on the lookout for Deer this Time of Year

Be on the lookout for deer while commuting or cruising to enjoy autumn’s colors. Insurance claims for collisions with animals rise significantly in the fall when deer are mating and preparing for winter, with the highest frequency in November. Fall brings the dangerous combination of the deer being more active when we’re driving more in the dark due to the shorter daylight hours, so stay attentive and make use of your high beams whenever you can to see farther ahead. Slow down in areas where deer are prevalent. If you see one deer cross the road ahead, others are likely to follow. Brake, don’t swerve. Swerving to avoid an animal can put you at risk for hitting another vehicle or losing control of your car. It can also confuse the animal as to which way to go. Instead, just slow down as quickly and safely as you can. If you hit an animal, move your car safely off the road and call the police or animal control. Don’t attempt to touch an injured animal. Near St. Thomas, Elgin OPP say they’ve responded to more than 30 collisions involving deer over the last month……Ed
Source: Jeff S. Bartlett /Photo U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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