Late fall and early winter is the prime time for deer spottings. Deer enter mating season during this time of year, so they are more prevalent in more populated areas. When you drive a car regularly, you need to be on the lookout for deer on the roadways. If you hit a deer with your car, you can expect a fair amount of damage.
Here are some things you should know about deer collisions and the steps you should take if you hit a deer with your vehicle.
Steps to Avoid a Deer Collision
A deer collision cannot only do serious damage to your car’s body, but it can also cause major injury to all passengers inside your vehicle. This is why you should know what to do to avoid a deer collision when at all possible. Deer are prone to jump into the roadway out of nowhere, so you need to know how to react.
The most natural inclination is to firmly apply your brakes and attempt to steer out of the direction of the deer. However, when other drivers or other obstacles or on or around the road, you may not be able to swerve. Always remain aware of your surroundings so you know where you can go in the roadway should a deer jump into your path.
Deer are most active during early mornings and dusk. This is also a time when your vision is the most impaired. When you drive during these dark hours, be sure to keep your speeds lower and stay alert. Pay particular attention to the sides of the road. If you see a deer lingering on the side of the road, slow down as it can dart out into the roadway at any time.
Also, keep in mind that deer typically travel in pairs or groups. If you see one, chances are there are more nearby. Also, pay attention to any deer crossing signs in the area, as the area has been identified as a place where deer sightings are common. If you do see a deer, slow down and honk your horn. This will scare them away and hopefully encourage them to head away from your vehicle.
What to Do if You Hit a Deer
If you do hit a deer, you should know what to do next. First, pull over on the side of the road when you can do so safely. Turn your hazard lights on and stay in your vehicle until you can exit safely. Stay away from the deer, as it may still be alive and apt to run toward you.
You also should call the police, especially if you have auto body damage. You will need the police report when you file a comprehensive and collision insurance claim to repair your vehicle. You may not be able to drive your vehicle, so you may also have to have the vehicle towed.
If the vehicle is damaged, you need to get quotes for the repairs. Get estimates from at least two auto body shops to provide your insurer. The damage from a deer hit can range from dents in the body, damaged tires, broken lights, loose hood, leaking fluids, and more. Your car may be out of commission for a while depending on the level of damage.
A deer collision can cause severe damage to a vehicle, so you need to work with a reputable auto body shop to get your car drivable once again. If you need your car repaired after any sort of accident, please contact us at Downtown Garage & Auto Body. We are happy to work with you on your car repairs.