Tips for Surviving a Deer Collision While Driving in Texas
If it's one thing I know, Texas has plenty of deer. In fact, if you're reading this it's very possible you or someone you know has struck a deer on the Texas highways. The likelihood of hitting a deer can vary depending on various factors, such as the location, time of day, and the season of year.
The Texas Department of Transportation reported over 18,000 crashes involving deer in Texas just within the past year. I'm sure that number is even higher due to the fact that not all deer-vehicle collisions are reported to authorities. Recently I came across some facts that blew my mind, and since deer are no strangers in these parts, I had to share.
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- Every year, over one million deer get hit by cars.
- About 1.5 million motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. are caused by deer each year.
- Deer collisions cause over $1 billion in property damage.
- Collisions with deer cause 200 fatalities each year.
- 67% of animal collisions are caused by deer.
- The most common time deer collisions happen is between 6 pm–9 pm.
- When there is a full moon, you are more likely to hit a deer.
- November sees the highest rate of deer collisions.
- Texas has the highest number of white-tailed deer in the nation, with over 4 million.
- There is an estimation of 33.5 million deer in the United States.
- There are six species of true deer in North America, and the most common species is the white-tailed deer.
With statistics like that, I think the white-tailed deer definitely qualifies as Texas' most dangerous animal. The trick now is to minimize collisions. By following the tips below, you can help reduce the likelihood of a collision with a deer.
- Be aware of your surroundings: When driving, especially just outside of Abilene, keep an eye out for deer on the roadside. If you see one, slow down and be prepared to stop.
- Drive cautiously during peak times: Deer are most active during dawn and dusk, so it's crucial to be extra cautious during these times. Reduced visibility during these times can make it harder to spot deer on the road.
- Use your high beams: When driving at night, use your high beams if there's no oncoming traffic. High beams help you see further down the road and increase your visibility of deer and other wildlife.
- Avoid distractions: Avoiding distractions while driving is always important, but it's especially important in areas with a high likelihood of deer. Remember to stay focused on the road and avoid activities like texting or eating that can take your eyes off the road.
- Keep your distance: If you see a deer on or near the road, slow down and keep a safe distance. Deer may dart out into the road or suddenly change direction, so it's essential to be prepared.
- Wear your seatbelt: Wearing your seatbelt is a must while driving, but it's particularly critical in the event of a collision with a deer.
- Brake, don't swerve: If you encounter a deer in the road, brake, but do not swerve. Swerving can cause you to lose control of your vehicle or collide with other vehicles on the road.
With over 4 million white-tailed deer in Texas, I think we can all agree that safety is a huge deal. Not only can deer collisions kill you but they can sure mess up a vehicle. I can tell you that from first-hand experience. Buckle up, be aware, and be careful out there.
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