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November 2016

Defensive Driving Tips to Avoid Hitting a Deer

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It’s Deer Season!

The past 2 years of heavy rainfall in many parts of the U.S. have led to an increase in the deer population making it more likely for auto/deer collisions. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) estimates that there are more than 1.5 million deer-vehicle collisions each year, resulting in 150 occupant deaths, tens of thousands of injuries and over $1 billion in vehicle damage. We have compiled a list of tips to get you over the hill and through the woods to grandma’s house safely this holiday season!

Defensive driving tips to avoid hitting a deer:

  • The highest risk times for deer-vehicle collisions are from sunset to midnight and the hours around sunrise.
  • Remember Deer seldom run alone. If you see one deer, others are typically nearby.
  • Drive vigilant when moving through deer-crossing zones, in areas known to have a large deer population such as agricultural and forestland.
  • Scan both sides of the road! Some evidence shows that drivers tend to watch the side of the road next to the passenger seat more than their own side, making a false assumption that only one side is a problem.
  • Drive in the center lane if you are traveling on a 3 lane road, or center the car as much as possible if it is a 2 lane road.
  • When driving at night, be sure to use high beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic.
  • Brake firmly, blow your horn solidly and put on your hazard lights when you notice a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or lose control of their car.
  • Always wear your seatbelt and make sure your passengers buckle up too. Most people injured in car/deer crashes were not wearing their seat belt.
  • If you hit a deer, don’t touch the animal. A frightened and wounded deer can hurt you or further injure itself. Best practice is to get your car off the road, if possible, and call the police.

5 Tips For Driving Safely In The Rain

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Wet Roads = More Accidents

Wet roads contribute to nearly 1.2 million traffic crashes each year, making rain events the most hazardous weather conditions for drivers according to AAA Exchange and U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (USDOTFHWA).

5 Simple Tips For Driving Safely In The Rain

Slow Down

Aim for at least 15 mph below the posted speed. Drivers should reduce their speed to correspond to the amount of water on the roadway. At speeds as low as 35 mph, new tires can still lose some contact with the roadway. When your tires are not touching the road, bad things can happen!

Maintain a Safe Distance

Vehicle stopping distance is doubled in the rain. Increase your following distance. If it’s raining and you are driving at night, you should aim to be 6 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you.

Avoid Heavy Breaking

This is a good safe driving technique regardless, but in the rain it is crucial. Braking late can cause skidding, hydroplaning, and potential accidents. Slow your vehicle by taking your foot off the accelerator earlier than you typically would.

Headlights On

Turn your headlights on even in a light rain or in gloomy, foggy or overcast conditions. Not only do they help you see the road, but they’ll help other drivers see you. If your car has daytime running lights you still should put them on, so vehicles behind you can see you better.

Good Working Windshield Wipers

Check the quality of your wipers before the rainy season. Seeing can be very useful while driving!

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