"Collisions with deer always spike this time of year as they become more active during hunting and mating season," said Meemic Insurance Company spokesperson, Pamela Harlin. "Deer become a serious safety hazard that drivers should be extra cautious of during the fall due to increased populations and hunters scaring the deer out of their natural habitat."
Stay aware, awake, and sober.
Car-deer crashes happen year-round, but are more likely during spring and fall, and at dusk and dawn so drivers should take extra precautions during these times.
Pay attention to deer crossing and speed limit signs.
Deer are herd animals, and frequently travel single file. If you see one whitetail, watch for others as another might not be far behind.
ALWAYS wear a safety belt.
Multiple independent studies have found that "Deer whistles" are not effective at warding off deer so even if you have one, remain vigilant
In the event that a crash is unavoidable, Meemic Insurance Company offers this advice to drivers:
* Don't swerve. Brake firmly, stay in your lane, hold the steering wheel, and come to a controlled stop.
* Pull off the road. Turn on your emergency flashers and be cautious of traffic if you leave your vehicle.
* Don't try to remove a deer from a roadway unless you are convinced it's dead. A wounded deer can cause serious injuries.
* Report the crash to the nearest police and your insurance agent.