Tips to avoid hitting an animal while driving
Deer are on the move – when driving to avoid hitting deer on area roadways at this time as it is deer mating season.
As the nights get longer, your chances of hitting wildlife while you drive get greater. When that happens, it can be devastating. DMV.org gives us some sobering statistics:
A collision with some form of wildlife occurs, on average, every 39 minutes.
-1 out of every 17 car collisions involves wandering wildlife.
-89% of all wildlife collisions occur on roads with 2 lanes.
-84% of all wildlife collisions occur in good weather on dry roads.
-The average repair cost of a car-deer collision is $2,800.
As we move into winter in the northern hemisphere, and the nights get longer, people are at an increased risk for road collisions with wildlife.
The first and most important piece of advice is of course to slow down. Animals have to cross the roads and highways that we humans have created in order to find food, water, shelter, and mates. By driving at a reasonable speed you’ll have a better chance of stopping in time if an animal runs into the road. Not to mention, keeping your speed down makes the roads safer for everyone, pedestrians and drivers alike.
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