Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Doh -- a deer!

We're nearing the peak of the deer-mating season, the time to be extra watchful for deer while you are driving.  In fact, about half of all deer-related crashes happen in October, November, and December here in Tennessee.

Tips to avoid deer-related crashes, courtesy of The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Tennessee Highway Patrol:

• When you see deer cross the road, expect more to follow.  Many times, the second or third deer  crossing becomes the one that motorists hit.
• Be attentive and drive defensively constantly scanning the roadside, especially at dawn and dusk.
• Do not swerve to avoid contact with deer. This could cause the vehicle to flip or veer into oncoming traffic causing a serious crash. Swerving can also confuse the deer as to where to run.
• When you spot a deer, slow down immediately.  Proceed slowly when passing.
• If you do collide with a deer, never approach the animal.  They are powerful and can cause bodily harm to a human.  Report any deer collision, even if the damage is minor.

David Yates Insurance Agency
1881 General George Patton Dr., Suite 103
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone 615-778-1816  Fax 615-778-1817

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