Many animals are majestic – except when they’re on the road. This time of year is prime time for animals to streak across roadways. No matter what you do, sometimes accidents happen because of this, causing damage to your vehicle. As your local auto body repair shop, Carolina Collision & Frame Service wants to help you stay safe on the roads this fall. Here are three tips on how to avoid an accident if you see an animal in the road:
- Drive slowly – One of the best tips for avoiding any type of accident is to slow down. Driving slowly gives the animal a chance to make it across safely and helps you avoid collisions with the animal or another car.
- Start flashing your headlights – If the animal should refuse to move, flash your lights. Some animals, especially deer, freeze out of fear or because they’re fixated on the lights. The flashing may get them to move. If you’re driving at night, try to drive with your high beams on as much as possible so you can see animals more clearly.
- Keep an eye out for more – Finally, never assume that there is just one animal trying to cross the road. Deer often travel in a group and will more than likely cross the road together. When you see one, expect to see another.