As a result of the pandemic, many are choosing to drive instead of fly when they need to travel. (Of course, if you can avoid traveling at all, that’s the best option, but it isn’t always possible.) The months of October through December bring added hazards to travel by car in the form of deer on the move.
Deer-vehicle collisions can be costly and insurance claims for animal-related collisions rise dramatically in the fall when deer are mating, peaking in November according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Here are a few tips so you can be prepared.
- Be mindful of deer-crossing signs. These signs are posted for a reason and are good indicators of where deer typically roam.
- Deer stick together in groups. Rarely do deer travel alone. If you see one, then there are probably several lurking nearby.
- Turn on your high beams. Make sure your high beams work before hitting the road, it can also be a good way to frighten deer lurking in dark spots.
- Drive slower. Take your time driving on dark roads. Reduce your speed or tap on your brakes whenever possible. When in doubt, if there is no one driving behind you and a deer appears, brake hard.
- Always use a seat belt. Your odds of major injuries can be minimized when strapping into your seat and obeying speed limit signs.
- Be alert at mealtime. Deer are nocturnal and tend to roam near rivers and heavily wooded areas at mealtime. It is best to drive slowly and keep the location in mind for future reference.
- Deer-deterrent devices can be ineffective. Studies suggest there is not enough evidence to show that deer-deterrent devices work, so take additional precautions and don’t rely on these devices.
- Contact your auto insurance representative if you have been in a deer-collision. Not all insurance policies cover animal collisions. If you have comprehensive coverage, your vehicle damages should be covered but if you’re unsure, ask your representative.
While it’s best to avoid animal collision damages to your vehicle, accidents happen. Make sure you’re covered this fall by contacting your insurance representative if you have questions about your coverage. Visit LongandFoster.com/insurance to learn more. Or call 1-866-275-4534.
Additionally, if you need to hit the road, these tips from the CDC can help you stay safe while traveling during the pandemic.