If it's one thing I know about living in Abilene it's that there are plenty of deer around these parts of Texas. Travel outside of the city at dusk and I'm willing to bet you'll spot one sooner than you think. Striking a deer with your vehicle is not an uncommon occurrence. State Farm Insurance estimated that there were over 1.9 million animal collision claims from 2021 to 2022. Have you or someone you know ever collided with a deer?

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Although it's never happened to me, it almost has, several times. I'm sure I'm not the only one that has ever had a close call. It's serious business. These types of accidents can cause severe injury and have even been known to cause death. According to Consumer Reports, there are some things you can do to minimize the damage not only to your vehicle but to your peace of mind. Take a look below.


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Watch Your Speed

If you're driving at dawn or in the evenings usually between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm, you may want to ease up on that speed. That's when it's said deer are the most active.

Pay Attention To Your Surroundings

Be on the lookout for deer crossing signs and areas where it looks like they may roam.

Be on Alert

Use your eyes to scan either side of the road for animals. Be sure to slow down and use your high beams if the conditions permit.

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Never Swerve, Brake

Swerving to miss deer can put you in a bad spot quickly. You could lose control of your vehicle, to say the least.

They May Not Be Alone

I always assume that there could be more than one. After all, deer are known to stick together. If you see one, proceed with caution.

Don't Always Trust Devices

A friend of mine had a deer whistle attached to his bumper and he still ended up colliding with one. They're only a deterrent. You never can predict what wildlife will do.

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Wear Your Seatbelt

Wearing a seatbelt is the best protection you can get in a collision. Studies have found that fatalities in these situations were not wearing seatbelts.

SEE ALSO: Know Exactly What to Do Legally if You Hit a Deer With Your Car in Texas

Unfortunately, these accidents are very real. Your safety and that of your family are most important. Give these tips a try next time you find yourself on the highway.

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