By Chuck Taylor

You’re most likely to hit a deer during the autumn months than any other time of year. The most common time for deer/car collisions is between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. In Connecticut, you have a 1 in 313 chance of hitting a deer, and the average amount of damage per collision is nearly $4,000.

But here are some tips from State Farm Insurance to help you from becoming another statistic:

 

  • Slow down, particularly at dusk and dawn
  • If you see one deer, be prepared for more deer to cross the road
  • Pay attention to deer crossing signs
  • Always buckle up, every trip, every time
  • Use your high beams to see farther, except when there is oncoming traffic
  • Brake if you can, but avoid swerving, which could result in a more severe crash
  • Remain focused on the road, scanning for hazards, including animals
  • Avoid distractions, like devices or eating, which might cause you to miss seeing an animal
  • Do not rely on products such as deer whistles, which are not proven effective
  • If riding a motorcycle, always wear protective gear and keep focus on the road ahead

 

 

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