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Beware of Deer!

When autumn begins, it’s important to remember that deer become more active which means a greater risk of deer-related accidents while driving.

Albemarle Limousine had two deer related accidents within a week in November.

It’s important to stay alert and be aware of your surroundings to help you avoid this risk. Here are a few safe driving tips to keep in mind while on the road.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

The majority of vehicle accidents involving a deer occur from October through December, when deer activity is at its peak.

Look Out for the Group

Deer typically travel in groups, says the Insurance Information Institute (III), so if you cross paths with one deer, keep your eyes open for others.

You should not swerve to avoid hitting a deer, even though it can be a common instinct, as it could cause you to lose control of your car and result in a more serious accident.

Pay Attention to the Clock

Deer tend to be most active at dawn and dusk. Since visibility is lower during these times, reduce your speed at night and use high-beam headlights when able for a better view.

Have A Plan In Case of an Accident

Like all animals, deer can be unpredictable. While you can take many steps to improve your safety, sometimes accidents happen. If you do hit a deer, come to a complete stop on the side of the road and turning on your hazard lights. Once you’ve come to a stop, remain in your vehicle and report the accident to DMV - call 1-800-FOR-ROAD. Inspect the vehicle to ensure it is safely drive-able. Do not attempt to touch the animal, as a scared or wounded deer could cause further harm to itself — or even you. If the vehicle is drive-able complete your drive back to the office. If the vehicle is not drive-able notify dispatch (, CALL: 434-531-5802, TEXT: -844-770-7433) and then follow towing procedure: SEE TOWING PROCEDURE HERE

Though deer season peaks from October through December, remember that a deer could run on or near roadways at any time of the year. Practice safe driving at all times and remember these few extra precautions to help get you through this time of year accident-free.

Eric Bryant