Drive Safe This Fall: Avoid Animal Collisions
Fall is a beautiful time of year, but it’s also when most wildlife-vehicle collisions occur. More than 300,000 of such incidents happen yearly between October and December, according to the Federal Highway Administration.
To reduce your odds of being involved in an animal-related collision, follow these tips:
- Stay focused while driving. Check your mirrors regularly, so you always know what is going on around you.
- Use your high beams at night to see animals easier. Look for shiny eyes on the roadsides. Animals’ eyes often glow when meeting headlights.
- Watch your speed while driving. Animals are unpredictable and often dart into the road. Lowering your speed will allow you greater reaction time if this happens.
- Do not swerve your vehicle. If you see an animal, slow down and gradually stop, if necessary. Use your hazard lights so other drivers know that you’ve stopped.
What To Do If You’re In An Animal Collision
- Pull your vehicle over to the roadside. Pull your vehicle over and turn on your hazard lights. Stay off the road and out of the way of any oncoming traffic.
- Stay away from the animal. Observe the animal from inside your vehicle, but don’t approach it. Frightened or wounded animals can be dangerous and harm you. Call the authorities if the animal you struck blocks traffic and threatens other drivers.
- Contact your insurance agent. Report any damage or injuries to your insurance agent. The sooner you do, the more quickly your claim is processed.
- Check if your vehicle is safe to drive. Check if your vehicle is drivable after your collision. Any leaking fluids, loose parts, tire damage, broken lights or other damage can be safety hazards and make your vehicle unsafe to drive. Call for a tow truck if necessary.
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