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Oh Deer! How to Avoid A Deer Collision

There are many different types of collisions—one-car collisions, rear-end collisions, side collisions, and even collisions with animals. One of the most common animals hit by cars each year are deer. As large mammals, they’re very mobile and tend to travel across roadways at some of the most dangerous times of the day and night.

To help you prevent collisions with deer crossing the road in front your vehicle, we at Fred Beans have put together this detailed guide. In our Oh Deer! How to Avoid a Deer Collision guide, drivers in Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington will find all kinds of information about deer-vehicle collisions, helpful tips for preventing them, and much more.

First, let’s dive into some of the statistics that surround these types of collisions so you can get a better understanding of why they happen so frequently!

Did You Know?

According to the DMV, 2/3 of all deer-vehicle collisions occur during the months of October, November, and December. This is the time of year when deer breed and when they travel the most. Daily deer activity is highest at dawn and dusk, which often is the highest time of travel for motor-vehicle commuters.

Deer travel in groups—if you see one, expect more.  Areas where there have been many deer-vehicle collisions often are marked with deer crossing signs. Keep an eye out for these signs and slow down if you spot a sign of one or more deer within eyeshot of the roadway. While these signs may seem like a general warning, they shouldn’t be taken lightly. The increase of deer in these areas during peak deer hours and seasons is more drastic than you might think.

“In fact, more than 40 percent of CARSTAR store owners report a 25 percent increase in deer-related accidents, while some, nearly 12 percent, report a 50 percent increase and five percent have seen a whopping 75 percent increase in their areas,” said Dean Fisher, Vice President of Operations for CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts.

Dean Fisher added that collisions with deer can do some serious damage to your vehicle. When you collide with a vehicle, you not only hurt the animal but can cause hundreds or thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to your vehicle. You may need to replace the whole bumper, headlights, and could even need an engine repair or reconstruction.

How to Prevent a Deer Collision

Deer crossing signsThankfully, there are many different tactics that you can use to avoid colliding with a deer that jumps out in front of your vehicle. The Department of Environmental Conservation recommends these precautions motorists can take to reduce the chance of a deer hit:

  • Be careful when you drive at dawn and dusk. This is when driver visibility begins to decrease and when deer are most active. Typically, deer feed and relocate during these time of the day, so you’ll want to keep an eye out for deer crossing signs.
  • Use caution on roadways marked with deer crossing signs. These signs are strategically placed in areas where a large number of deer-vehicle collision occur.
  • Decrease the speed of your vehicle when you approach deer near the side of the road. While they may be on the side of the road and not in the road, deer are very skittish and can become startled easily. Hearing your vehicle approach may cause them to “bolt” or change direction at the last minute even if it means darting into the street in front of you.
  • Be extra careful during the deer breeding season. Deer breed during the months of October, November, and December. The breeding season makes them very active so they will be crossing streets and highways much more than usual during these months.
  • If you see a deer go across the road in front of you, decrease your speed. Deer almost always travel in groups. So, when you see one deer crossing the road, you can almost always expect more deer to follow.
  • Use emergency lights or a headlight signal to warn other drivers when deer are seen on or near the road. This will warn them that something is ahead and that they need to slow down to prevent hitting the deer that may still be on or very close to the road.
  • Use your high beams when you can. Your high beams are designed to increase your visibility during times like dusk and dawn. If you catch a deer on or near the road sooner, you’ll be able to brake sooner and come to a stop in time to avoid a collision.

If you take advantage of these helpful tips, you will drastically decrease your chances of colliding with a deer. Also, be sure that your vehicle is always up to date on its brake inspections. Spotting a deer before you hit it is only half of the solution—you also need to be able to stop before you hit it.

Our Collision Repair Services

Collision Repair ServicesAt Fred Beans, we know all there is to know about deer-vehicle collisions. As a family of dealerships located in the beautifully woodsy state of Pennsylvania, we have dealt with more than our fair share of deer-vehicle collisions. That’s why our six conveniently located collision centers are the go-to place to have your vehicle repaired after you’ve collided with a deer.

Our CARSTAR collision centers are packed with state-of-the-art equipment that can handle any type of damage you throw at them. On top of that, they’re staffed with teams of expertly trained service technicians that have years of experience under their belts.

Schedule Your Service Appointment Today!

We at Fred Beans hope this guide gave you all the information you were looking for about how to avoid a deer collision. However, if you’ve been involved in one and need some help getting things back to normal, our service team is here to help.

Drivers in the areas of Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington can schedule a service appointment today by giving us a call at one of our six convenient collision centers!