Deer crossing sign

Understand What the Deer Crossing Sign Mean

Deer Crossing Means You Must Be Alert

Between October and December, deer and car collisions are at their highest. But deer can dart into your path at any time of the year.

Be aware of the deer crossing sign anytime you drive through an area known for high deer populations. It tells you to slow down and be extra alert. Sometimes deer crossing signs are used together with a beacon that flashes when deer movement is detected.

Pay special attention to the roadsides at dawn and dusk. These are the times when deer are most likely to cross the road. Lower visibility can also make it more difficult for you to see them.

If there is one deer by the roadside, expect more. Deer almost never travel alone. Chances are there are others nearby. Your best defense against a crash, is to control your speed, avoid distractions, and stay alert.

200 Deaths Each Year

Collisions with deer and other wild animals result in almost 200 fatalities each year. State Farm estimates that 1.25 million auto-deer collisions occurred in the U.S. between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. The average cost per insurance claim was $4,135.

Collisions with animals are more common than people think.

Don’t Swerve Around the Animal

If you are about to strike a deer, don’t try to swerve around the animal. They move quickly and you could lose control of your vehicle and go off the roadway. You also risk a head-on collision with oncoming vehicles. In both cases, you increase the chances of serious injuries.

As much as possible, you should try to bring your vehicle to a controlled stop or hit the deer at low speed.

If you hit a deer, report it to the police. If someone is injured, call emergency services.

Deer at night - State Farm

Should You Flash Your Headlights?

If there is a deer standing in your path, should you try to deter the animal by flashing your headlights or using your horn? Most experts will tell you that it has little or no effect. The animal is usually deterred by the approach of your vehicle. Slowing down is often enough.

Flashing high beams at night could have the reversed effect and cause an animal to freeze. High beams will temporarily blind the animal. So, use your headlights with care when you approach a deer.

Read More

What to Do If You See a Deer Crossing the Road by Driver’s Prep.

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Seat Belt Reminder

Important Safety Reminder

See this dash-cam video of a young man who loses control of his vehicle and is thrown out. Somehow he survives this crash.

Remember to always wear your safety belt. Your chances of surviving a motor vehicle crash like this are much better if you stay inside the vehicle. If you are buckled up, it will keep you from being thrown out of your vehicle into the path of another vehicle.

Driversprep - Seat Belt Reminder

Being Pulled Over at Night

 

Woman driving at night - Copyright: Kirill Polovnoy

What Should You Do?

What should you do if you are pulled over in a poorly lit area and are unsure that the vehicle is a police vehicle?

Recently, a North Texas woman was driving along a poorly-lit road around 2:30 a.m. when she saw emergency lights in her rear view mirror. She pulled over, rolled down her window, and a non-uniformed man approached her vehicle. As she reached for her license and insurance card, she was attacked.

Verify

If you are unsure that you are being pulled over by an officer and have a cell phone, stop and call 911 to verify it is a legitimate traffic stop.

Continue to a Well-lit area

If you are uncomfortable about stopping because an area is deserted or not well lit, acknowledge the officer’s presence by slowing down and turning on your emergency flashers.

Proceed slowly to a more populated or better illuminated place.

Officers usually understand and take into consideration the surroundings when stopping a driver.

Even if the officer drives an unmarked vehicle, he or she usually wear a police uniform and always possess a photo ID card and a badge. If the office does not wear a uniform, always ask for identification.

Additional reading: https://driversprep.com/article/driving-alone-at-night/

 

Your First Car

Ford Fusion

 

Which car is best suited for a young first-time driver?

According to Joseph B. White @ Wall Street Journal, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, and Toyota Camry are among the safest bet for a young driver.

Even if the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nowadays list certain sport utility vehicles as safe choices for young drivers, this is usually not a parent’s first choice.

To come up with the best rides for a teen driver, Joseph B. White crunched the numbers from several key sources of data and safety rankings. Among the midsize cars that scored well are the Accord, the Fusion and the Camry. Three of the blandest cars on the road, maybe, but they are reliable.

White also says that an older, second-hand luxury car may give you a full complement of safety technology. The trick is finding one that isn’t too powerful. Among those that got through mr. White’s filter: the sedate Lexus ES, an Audi A4 and a 2004-2008 Acura TL.