When a deer darts out in front of your car, the worst thing you can do is to swerve to avoid it. Swerving puts you at risk of hitting another vehicle or losing control of your vehicle.

The best thing you can do is to slow down, stay in your lane and keep a firm grip on your steering wheel. (detroitnews.com)

I can't even begin to count how many deer I've seen over the past 10 years just driving to work. I even had a deer run out into the road while I was driving and it just ran into my car and bounced off. I felt bad about it, but there was nothing I could do.

I've actually known people who have swerved to avoid hitting a deer and either ended up hitting a tree, a guard rail or another car.

According to the detroitnews.com, the best way to avoid hitting a deer is to stay in the center lane, if there is one, to increase visibility from the side of the road.

If there's no oncoming traffic, use the high beams early in the morning or at night. If you do see a deer, slow down without slamming on the brakes and sound the horn.

The state of Michigan has roughly two million deer and they are most active in spring and fall. vehicle deer crashes are a year round problem.

Each year, there are nearly 50,000 reported vehicle deer crashes in Michigan. About 80% of these crashes occur on two lane roads between dusk and dawn.

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