Georgia ranks high among states where deer collisions are increasing. In an examination by State Farm, it was found that Georgia motorists have a 1 in 83 chance of colliding with a deer. This risk increases more so during the fall and winter months due to deer season.
In this article we will discuss the recent rise in deer collisions and how you can be safe while driving.
Deer Collisions Are on the Rise
Deer account for the majority of animal collisions, and the numbers spike during the colder months of the year. The majority of crashes were reported in October, November, and December, out of which November had the most. A lot of this can be attributed to mating season and deer season keeping them on the move during those months.
Over the years, the chances of an animal colliding with a vehicle has increased by 7%. These crashes are common all over the U.S. West Virginia has a 1 in 37 chance of colliding with an animal while Montana has a 1 in 39 chance of collision. The District Of Columbia is one of the few states with a very slim chance of animal collisions. They have a 1 in 569 chance. State Farm has provided some tips that can help you avoid these collisions.
Let’s take a look at them:
- Don’t speed during dusk and dawn. That’s peak time for animals to be on the move looking for things such as food and shelter. The chances of your car colliding with an animal increases significantly during these times.
- Deer usually move around in groups. That’s why if you see one deer cross the road, you must stop and wait before you keep driving. There’s a very high possibility that more deer will follow.
- Most places with high deer populations often have deer crossing signs. Paying attention to them is crucial and you must be cautious when driving down a road with deer crossing signs.
- Practicing safe driving is not just for the animal, but for you too. You must take every safety precautions when driving. Such as, make sure you wear your seatbelt, use your headlights, and obey the speed limit. Failing to do so can increase your risk of injury and collision.
- To see far into the distance use your high beams.
- Deer whistles don’t always work; therefore, it’s best to be cautious and not rely on such products.
- Be very vigilant when driving. Your complete focus should be on the road so you can decrease your chance of colliding with an animal.