Some good news for those drivers nervous about the possibility of having a collision with a deer. State Farm, the nation's leading auto insurer says the odds that an individual driver in the United States will crash into a deer during the next year have declined by 4.3 percent.
State Farm puts the odds of any single American motorist striking a deer over the next 12 months at 1 in 174, compared with 1 in 167 the year before.*
The numbers are different when it comes to the state of Georgia however. State Farm puts those odds at 1 in 140.
For the seventh straight year, West Virginia was found to be the state where deer-vehicle confrontations are most probable, at a 1 in 41 chance. Hawaii is the state in which deer-vehicle mishaps are least likely, at 1 in 6,787.
State Farm estimates 1.22 million collisions caused by the presence of deer between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, a 3.5 percent decrease from a year ago.
State Farm's data shows that November, the heart of the deer hunting and mating seasons, is the month during which deer-vehicle encounters are most likely. Approximately 18 percent of all such mishaps take place during the 30 days of November.
State Farm has some tips to help drivers avoid deer-vehicle collisions:
Keep in mind that deer generally travel in herds – if you see one, there is a strong possibility others are nearby.
Be aware of posted deer crossing signs. These are placed in active deer crossing areas.
Remember that deer are most active between 6 and 9 p.m.
Use high beam headlamps as much as possible at night to illuminate the areas from which deer will enter roadways.
If a deer collision seems inevitable, attempting to swerve out of the way could cause you to lose control of your vehicle or place you in the path of an oncoming vehicle.
Don't rely on car-mounted deer whistles.
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