Staying safe during your commute can be a challenge, especially when it involves an unexpected deer or other animal running across the road. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly one-quarter of all animal and vehicle crashes result in some form of bodily injury or vehicle damage.
Whether driving in the country or city, here are some tips to keep you safe on the road:
- Slow down if you see an animal up ahead, as they are generally unpredictable. Sound your horn with a long blast to scare them away.
- Use your high beams at night to see animals easier.
- Slow down at designated animal crossing areas marked by road signs. These signs indicate the area has a lot of animal traffic and an increased potential for accidents.
- Watch out for movement and shiny eyes on the roadsides. Slow down if you see anything suspicious.
- If you see an animal in front of you, do not swerve because it may cause you to hit another vehicle, side rail or lose control altogether. Instead, brake immediately.
Animal-vehicle collisions are most common between October and December when animals are migrating to other habitats for the winter. Pay special attention on the roadways and always wear a seat belt; it’s your best safety defense against injury. In the event you do strike an animal causing damage to your vehicle, comprehensive coverage on your insurance policy can help cover the repair costs. To learn more, visit AssuredPartners Personal Insurance.