Now that it's fall in Michigan it's important to be aware of the increased risk of deer-vehicle collisions.

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According to the Insurance Information Institute, 1.6 million deer-vehicle collisions occur each year in the United States, resulting in 200 fatalities, tens of thousands of injuries, and over $3.6 billion in vehicle damage.

To help you stay safe on the road, I've compiled a list of eight safety tips to avoid hitting a deer.

By following these tips, you can reduce your chances of being involved in a deer collision and keep yourself and your passengers safe.

Deer Danger: 8 Things Michigan Drivers Should Do When A Deer Appears

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Slow down: If you see a deer on or near the road, slow down and be prepared to stop. Deer are most active at dawn and dusk, so be especially cautious during these times.

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Stay alert: Keep your eyes on the road and scan the sides of the road for any signs of movement. If you see one deer, there may be others nearby.

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Honk your horn: If you see a deer in the road, honk your horn to try to scare it away. One long blast of the horn can be effective.

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Brake firmly: If a deer runs out in front of your vehicle, brake firmly and stay in your lane. Swerving can cause you to lose control of your vehicle and make the situation worse.

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Take your foot off the brake: Just before you hit the deer, take your foot off the brake. This will cause the nose of your vehicle to rise slightly, which can reduce the risk of the deer crashing through your windshield.

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Stay in your vehicle: If you hit a deer, stay in your vehicle until it is safe to get out. Turn on your hazard lights and call emergency services if necessary.

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Avoid distractions: Avoid using your phone or other devices while driving, especially in areas where deer are known to be active. This will help you stay alert and react quickly if a deer runs out in front of you.

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Wear your seatbelt: Always wear your seatbelt while driving, as it can help protect you in the event of a collision.

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