Did You Know?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly one-quarter of all animal and vehicle crashes result in some form of bodily injury or vehicle damage. Whether you’re driving in the city or the country, here are some tips to keep you safe on the road.

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BEWARE OF REINDEER ON THE ROAD

Animal and vehicle collisions are especially commonplace between October and December. Drivers should be aware of this danger and take the necessary precautions to remain accident-free.

  • Remain alert at all times and watch out for animals.
  • Slow down if you see an animal up ahead, as it is generally unpredictable.
  • Slow down at designated animal crossing areas marked by road signs. These signs indicate that the area has a lot of animal traffic and an increased potential for accidents.
  • Use your high beams at night to see animals easier.
  • Watch your speed, especially during dusk and at night.
  • Have your vehicle’s brakes and tires checked regularly to ensure that they are in safe working order.
  • Watch out for movement and shiny eyes on the roadsides. Slow down if you see anything suspicious.
  • If you see an animal in front of you, do not swerve because it may cause you to hit another vehicle, side rail or lose control all together. BRAKE!
  • Slow down on blind curve areas of the roadway.
  • Always wear a seat belt—it’s your best safety defense.

Safety First

In the event that your vehicle collides with an animal:

  • Pull off to the side of the road and call the State Patrol or local police department.
  • Do not attempt to move the animal if it is lying in the middle of the road.
  • Do not leave your vehicle to check on an injured animal, as it may still be alive and potentially dangerous to you.

This information is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice.  Should you have any questions or would like to discuss your risk exposure with your auto insurance, please contact the insurance pros at ARCW Insurance.  We are here to help.