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January 23, 2009

How to Handle a Deer Crash

Deer-crash It’s early morning and you’re beginning the long commute to work. You’re going the speed limit (or maybe just a bit over) and suddenly a deer appears in the middle of the road. Your heart jumps into your throat. What do you do?

If a crash with a deer is unavoidable, the Michigan Deer Crash Coalition (the experts in these matters) recommends the following steps:

  • Don’t swerve!
  • Brake firmly.
  • Hold on to the steering wheel.
  • Come to a controlled stop.
  • Pull well off the road, turn on emergency flashers and be cautious of passing traffic.
  • Do not attempt to remove a deer from the roadway unless you are convinced it is dead. An injured deer’s sharp hooves can easily hurt you.

More tips on how to handle a crash with a deer.


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