Over 40% of Car vs. Deer Crashes Happen Now Through December
With so many deer hunters heading out to the woods for firearm deer hunting season, it comes as no surprise that deer crashes occur more often in the months of October, November, and December.
When you look at all of the numbers, this makes perfect sense. In Michigan, there are over 1.7 million strong deer herds and add to that, over 600,000 deer hunters.
And that's why all this activity has bumped vehicle deer crashes up to just over 40%.
According to mlive.com:
In Michigan, vehicle deer crashes are expensive, causing at least $130 million in damage annually, according to AAA. In 2020, there were 51,103 vehicle deer crashes, down 5.8% from 54,254 during 2019.
On my way into work just about everyday at 5 a.m., I usually see at least 10 deer. At times I feel like I'm surrounded by them, but that's not the case.
Deer are very active at dawn and dusk. And it's so easy not to pay attention and then before you know it, you're in a car accident with a deer.
According to mlive.com, AAA is offering several tips to help motorists avoid crashes with deer:
1. Stay awake, alert and sober. Yes to all three. Even if it's very early in the morning, stay alert at all times and be ready for just about anything.
2. Always wear a seat belt. That goes without saying. The last thing you want to do is crash into a deer without wearing your seatbelt. Always buckle up for safety reasons.
3. Be especially alert at dawn and dusk. This is like drive time for deer. Pay much closer attention during peak dusk and dawn hours and save yourself the agony of getting into a car accident.
4. If you see one deer, slow down. Chances are there are others nearby. Absolutely true. I see this early in the morning on my way into work. If you see one deer, you will probably see four or five more. Best thing you can do is slow your speed way down and ease past the deer.
And one more thing to keep in mind if you end up crashing into a deer, remember not to swerve. Simply brake firmly and make sure you have a firm hold onto the steering wheel. (courtesy of mlive.com)