Deer mating and migration season has arrived. Florida drivers should be aware, the odds of hitting a deer more than doubles during the months of October, November and December.
“Vehicle repair and medical expenses average into the thousands after an animal- auto collision,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent auto insurance agency.
Most animal-car collisions are preventable. Listed are some tips for keeping you safe on the road this fall.
Be cautious while driving at dusk or dawn. Deer are most active during sunrise and sunset, pay close attention and always wear your seatbelt.
Watch for deer crossing signs. Be alert and observe your surroundings. Deer are abundant in forested and rural areas, but they also wander into suburban neighborhoods looking for food.
Deer travel in packs. If you spot one, chances are good there could be others.
Use your high-beams. The U.S. Forest Service suggests, while driving at night use your high-beam headlights when there is no opposing traffic. The headlight beam will illuminate the eyes of deer and provide them greater driver reaction time.
Get comprehensive auto insurance. Carrying the basic car insurance required will not be enough. “Comprehensive car insurance provides additional coverage, including protection for accidents involving animals,” says Ellsworth Buck Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent auto insurance agency.
Don’t swerve to avoid a collision. AAA recommends, “If a collision is unavoidable, apply your brakes firmly and stay in your lane. Swerving to avoid an animal can often cause a more serious crash or result in drivers losing control of vehicles.”
If you do hit a deer, do not touch the animal! The U.S. Forest Service warns, the deer in attempting to move or get away, could hurt you or itself. If possible, move your vehicle to the side of the road and call the police. Also, be sure to call your auto insurance agent and file a claim.