You don’t have to live out in the country to have encountered a deer while driving. These animals are numerous and can cause massive damage and injury when you hit them with your car. While a year-round possibility in Georgia, the rates of collisions with deer do increase during mating season, as the Atlanta Patch reports. There are also ways to reduce the chances of striking a deer with your vehicle.
The odds of hitting a large deer or another large animal on America’s roadways are rising in a nationwide trend. Georgia is no exception to this trend and the chances of striking a deer more than double from October through December, during the animal’s mating, or rutting, season.
According to a State Farm survey, 1 of 122 drivers in Georgia struck a large animal between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. More than 50,000 deer claims were paid by the company last year. This put Georgia at number 18 in the list of states where drivers are likely to hit a deer.
There are some tips that can help you to minimize damage to your vehicle and potential for injury during deer mating season.
- Buckle up – everyone in the car, every trip, every time
- Slow down, particularly at dusk and dawn when deer are most active
- Pay attention to deer crossing signs
- Break if possible, but avoid swerving. This could lead to a more serious crash
- Unless there is oncoming traffic, use your high-beams to see further
- Avoid distractions. Eating, drinking, or using other devices take your attention from the road.
These are just a few steps you can take to minimize your chances of striking a deer this season.
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