Beware of Deer Collisions

Summer is coming to an end, and fall is closing in quickly. In Iowa, this means that deer will be on the move and crossing highways all over the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly one-quarter of all animal and vehicle crashes result in some form of bodily injury or vehicle damage. Whether you’re doing city or country driving, here are some tips to keep you safe on the road.

Avoid Deer Collisions

Animal and vehicle collisions are especially commonplace between October and December when animals are migrating to other habitats for the winter months to find food and to breed. Drivers should be aware of this danger and take the necessary precautions to remain accident-free.

Deer are usually on the move at dusk and at night. Remain especially alert doing these times as to be on the lookout. There will usually be signs posted along the road that mark designated animal crossing. These signs indicate that an area has a lot of animal traffic and an increased risk of accidents. It is important to utilize your high beams in these areas in order to improve your night vision. Be on the lookout for movement and shiny eyes on roadsides. Should you see a deer anywhere close to you, slow down. Sound your horn with a long blast in attempt to scare it away.

If you see an animal in front of you, do not swerve because it may cause you to hit another vehicle, side rail or lose control all together. Instead, BRAKE!

Should a collision with one of these creatures be unavoidable, pull off to the side of the road and call the State Patrol or police department as soon as possible to report the accident. Do not put yourself in further danger by attempting to move the animal if it is lying in the middle of the road. Instead, wait inside of your own vehicle for help to arrive.

Hit a Deer? Insurance Assistance from PDCM

Auto and driver risk management tips is just one of the personal lines services we provide at PDCM Insurance in Waterloo, IA. To learn more about our automotive insurance services, contact Tammy Baish-Acuff, CIC, CISR, Personal Lines Sales Manager, at

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