CONNECTICUT (WTNH) — As we approach Halloween AAA says there is something drivers should really be scared of at this time of year is deer.
The travel agency says October, November and December are the worst months for animal strikes which can not only put a serious dent it your car but can also cause serious injury and even death.
The deer are most active from 5-8a.m. and 5-8p.m. which is prime commuting hours for drivers. According to the DEEP, there were an estimated 4500 deer killed by vehicles in Connecticut last year, 40 percent of them in October, November and December.
AAA Insurance has some tips to help prevent a crash or to reduce damage from an animal collision:
- Keep your eyes moving back and forth. Continuously sweep your eyes across the road in front of you for signs of animals and movement. Animals may also be alongside the road, so make sure to look to the right and left, as well. While the most likely accident is you hitting an animal, on occasion they might also hit you by running into the side of your car.
- Be especially attentive in early morning and evening hours. Many animals, especially deer, are most active from 5-8 a.m. and 5-8 p.m. – prime commuting times for many people.
- Use high beams when there’s no oncoming traffic. You can spot animals sooner. Sometimes the light reflecting off their eyes will reveal their location.
- Slow down, and watch for other deer to appear. Deer rarely travel alone, so if you see one, there are likely to be more nearby.
- Slow down around curves. It’s harder to spot animals down the road when going around curves.
- One long blast. A long blast on your horn may frighten animals away from your vehicle.
- Don’t swerve. Don’t swerve, instead, brake hard and stay in your lane. Swerving away from animals can confuse them so they don’t know which way to run. It can also put you in the path of oncoming vehicles or cause you to crash into something like a lamppost or a tree. If a crash is imminent take your foot off of the brake so the front of your vehicle can rise slightly. This helps lessen the chance of the animal rolling onto your hood and into your windshield.
- Always wear a seatbelt. The chances of getting injured when hitting an animal are much higher if you don’t have your seatbelt on. Also never drive drunk, distracted or drowsy.
- Consider purchasing comprehensive insurance, if you don’t already have it. Comprehensive insurance is the type of insurance that covers animal strikes.