Deer mating season is underway, and with it comes a high chance of hitting a deer while driving in Pennsylvania. According to a newly released study, Pennsylvania drivers have a one in 63 chance of crashing into a deer while driving.
The situation is only getting worse, according to a study by State Farm. Data in the latest study represents a 6.3 percent increase in crashes in Pennsylvania from the previous year's data.
Pennsylvania is now among the top three states nationwide where drivers are most at risk for crashing into a large animal.
Since the risk more than doubles during mating season, which is October, November, and December, now is a good time to remember some key safety tips.
According to State Farm, the most important way to avoid hitting a deer is to keep focused, with your eyes on the road at all times. That sounds obvious, but it's important to resist the urge to talk on the phone, eat or let the kids distract you. Deer are quick, and you could find one suddenly in your path.
There is also an increased risk of collision with deer around dawn and dusk.
Here are some other tips:
- Slow down, particularly at dusk and dawn.
- If you see one deer, be prepared for more deer to cross the road.
- Pay attention to deer crossing signs.
- Always buckle up.
- Use your high beams to see farther, except when there is oncoming traffic.
- Avoid swerving. This can result in a more severe crash.
- Do not rely on products such as deer whistles. They are not proven effective.
- If riding a motorcycle, always wear protective gear. Keep the focus on the road ahead.
Here are the top 10 states where you are most likely to crash as a result of a large animal:
- West Virginia
- South Dakota
- North Dakota
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