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WARNING: Vehicle / Animal Collisions Are More Frequent October Through December
Automobile collisions with wild animals can peak during the fall and early winter, primarily due to the annual rutting season that has deer moving irrationally. Although the collisions are sometimes unavoidable, these few steps can increase your reaction time, and increase your safety:
- Don’t speed, especially in low light conditions.
- Change your windshield wipers NOW, and always carry washer fluid.
- Keep your complete lighting package and defroster in top condition.
- Stop tailgating; it needlessly surrenders sightlines and reaction time.
- See an animal? There’s more: deer and escaped cows move in groups.
- And never - NEVER drive impaired... by anything!
Note: While they are popular, there is no definitive academic evidence to suggest vehicle mounted deer whistles are effective. So it’s your call.
Retired Police Sergeant Bob Paterson works closely with The McLennan Group to develop and share practical, economical safety tips for Canadians 50-plus. To read and print out all tips and view Sergeant Bob’s appearance schedule, visit Senior Safety Tips online.