Maryland drivers have a special thing to pay attention to that drivers in other parts of the United States do not: deer. Deer are especially hazardous to drivers, since they tend to stop in front of moving vehicles and they are large enough to do considerable damage. Most deer are active around sunrise and sunset, so if you are driving during these times you must practice extra caution. Wachter Insurance has a few tips for avoiding this expensive and traumatic accident.
How to Avoid Hitting a Deer
Hitting a deer can cause considerable damage and stress. Yet, taking the precautions to avoid hitting a deer are quite simple. Take the time to be careful now, and you’ll be glad you did when you see a deer on the road.
- Drive Slowly During Dawn and Dusk. Since deer are more active during this time, this is when you want to through extra caution to the wind and drive slower. Driving more slowly will give you more reaction time to stop if a deer crosses your path. It’s a good idea to also not listen to your music too loudly and pay attention to the road as best you can.
- Pay Attention to Signs. Areas with high deer populations are usually marked with a road sign. No matter what time of day it is, if you see one of these signs, drive carefully. Deer will be more active during the fall and winter months, so make sure to keep an eye out for them this winter!
- Use Your High Beams. If you’re driving at night, it’s a good idea to use your high beams to increase your visibility.
- Wear Your Seatbelt. You should always wear your seatbelt as a general rule. If you hit a deer, having your seatbelt buckled can prevent an injury from the impact.
What Do I Do If I Do Hit a Deer?
Taking the above precautions is bound to make you a safer driver. However, no matter how safe a driver you are, there is still always the possibility of an accident. If you do find yourself in a situation where you’ve hit a deer, follow these steps:
- Don’t swerve when the deer dashes in front of your vehicle. Swerving away from a deer can often cause you to swerve into an oncoming vehicle or other hazard.
- If you cannot drive around the deer, try to carefully slow down to decrease the force of the impact.
- Pull over as soon as you can. Be very careful when inspecting your vehicle and the deer. Even if it looks dead, it may not be. And injured dear is likely very frightened and could lash out when approached.
- Call the police and get a police report for your insurance claim. If possible, also take photos of the accident.
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