The white-tailed deer population in Michigan is estimated to be about 1.7 million. Michigan ranks #5 in the nation for deer/auto collisions.
The Insurance Information Institute offers these tips to avoid hitting a deer:
- Be particularly alert for these animals in the early morning and evening.
- Use high-beam headlights when possible since these will reflect in the deer’s eyes and make it easier for you to see the deer in advance.
- Reduce your speed, especially where “deer crossing” signs appear, and blow your horn to help frighten the animal away.
- Brake firmly when you see a deer. Swerving the vehicle confuses the animal, and you may both choose the same path. Or you may lose control of your vehicle and hit something else – such as a tree or another car.
- If you see a deer, be on the lookout for more since they seldom run alone.
If you hit a deer, do not touch the animal. If possible, move your car off the road, call the police and report the accident.