It’s that time of year known as the deer mating season. Deer will quickly run across Texas roads and they don’t see the cars headed toward them. In fact, the odds of hitting a deer in Texas are high. According to State Farm insurance, 1 in every 288 drivers in Texas will hit a deer. Those odds are up three percent from last year. The last thing drivers want is being injured in a deer accident and having to take their car to a San Antonio body shop.
It is not always possible to avoid hitting a deer, but you can try to take precautions. If you still strike the deer, the precautions you take could lessen the impact.
Use your bright headlights
If you are driving down a road with no other cars coming toward you, turn on your high beam lights. This will make the deer easier to spot.
Stay in the center
If you are on a multiple lane road, stay toward the center to give yourself more opportunity to react if a deer runs out near the road.
Honk your horn
If you see a deer, honk your horn to scare the deer out of your area. This may also alert any drivers near you to slow down.
Watch for more deer
If you see one, you will likely see others since deer will travel in a pack. If you are fortunate to avoid hitting the first deer, slow down and look carefully for any other deer nearby.
Never swerve to miss the deer
Swerving to miss an animal could cause you to lose control, hit another car, or hit a tree. If you have to hit the deer, brake firmly and then take your foot off of the brake just before you hit the deer.
If you do hit a deer and you can continue driving your vehicle, pull over safely off the road. Texas Parks and Wildlife experts urge anyone who hits a deer to not touch the deer after hitting it. If it is still alive, it could be startled and seriously injure you. If your car is damaged, contact the San Antonio body shop experts at ProCare Automotive and Collision. We can help you every step of the way with the insurance process to repairs and get you back on the road.