Deer season is here and with it comes a much higher chance of seeing one in your car headlights. It can be scary to come around a corner or over a hill at 55 miles per hour only to find a herd of deer in the road.
Just one deer can cause quite a bit of damage to your car says Crash 1 representative Mark Wilson, "The average deer accident can cost anywhere from 3 to 7 thousand dollars depending on the inner structure damage, if there's any wiring or electrical damages to the vehicle also as well."
Although deer can be hazardous any time of year, this season is the worst. Wilson says fifteen cars that have been hit by deer have been brought to crash one in just the last two weeks. So how can we avoid a collision with Bambi?
"The main thing is to try and stop and not swerve because swerving not only can do great damage to the car, but also to yourself." says Carmin Choppie, President of Ally Insurance.
Be on the lookout when driving through wooded or agricultural areas. Be particularly careful at dawn and dusk, as this is the time of day when deer are most active. Use your high beams at night, they will reflect the animals eyes making them easier to see.
If you do hit a deer call the police says Choppie, "You should definitely contact the police. Make sure they get the animal off the road. They will not give you a ticket for running into a deer. It's considered almost like an act of God."
If you hit a deer and bring your car in to crash one for repairs they will give you a free loaner. Insurance experts caution us not to be too reliant on ultrasonic deer whistles. Independent research has not been able to prove their effectiveness and some believe the whistles may actually give drivers a false sense of security.