It goes without saying that most animals do not fare well in any type of encounter with a motor vehicle. However, you may not realize that accidents involving wildlife are often expensive and devastating for motorists as well. According to DMV.org, the average repair cost after a car-deer collision is $2,800, and approximately 200 motorists die in the United States each year as a result of car-wildlife collisions.
How to Reduce the Danger
An incredible 84% of collisions with wildlife occur in good weather on dry roads. While a vehicle strikes some form of wildlife every 39 minutes on average, most incidents happen at dawn, dusk, and at night, when animals are most active. Be especially diligent during these hours.
Always be aware of twists and turns in the road, and realize that you cannot see too far ahead. Use your high-beams whenever possible and reduce speed to 45 mph, or even 30 mph on icy surfaces. Lower the lights on your dash, as this makes it easier to spot the reflective eyes of an animal.
When You Do Spot an Animal
Most (89%) car-wildlife collisions occur on two-lane roads, especially those bordered by fields and trees. Keep your eyes open, scanning the shoulder for any sign of movement. If you spot an animal on the side of the road, slow down drastically and don’t be afraid to use your horn. Animals are unpredictable—deer have been known to jump into the path of a vehicle when startled, rather than running away.
Lastly, if an animal does cross in front of your vehicle, be ready for a sibling, buddy, or baby to be following close behind. Animals often wander in pairs or groups, and will attempt to stay together, especially when frightened.
A Clear View
To avoid all road hazards it is important to keep your dashboard clear of clutter, your windshield clean, and never procrastinate about repairing damage. If you do have a crack or ding in your glass, reach out to our team of experts today.