Two million deer roaming the Michigan countryside cause 50,000+ vehicle-deer crashes each year. Here's how not to become a statistic.

Deer are on the move! Eighty percent of car-deer incidents occur at or near dusk in the Spring and Fall; these are the times the deer are most active. Michigan State Police have offered tips on how to stay safe and keep your car out of the body shop.

  • Be alert for deer, especially at dawn and dusk. If you see one, slow down.
  • Deer are herd animals and frequently travel in single file. If you see one deer cross the road, chances are there are more waiting.
  • Don't swerve. Brake firmly, hold onto the steering wheel, and bring your vehicle to a controlled stop.
  • Don't rely on gimmicks, flashing your high-beam headlights or honking your horn to deter deer.
  • Stay aware, awake, and sober.

If a crash happens, police say

  • Pull off the road, turn on your emergency flashers, and be cautious of other traffic if you exit your vehicle.
  • Report the crash to the nearest police agency and your insurance company.

If you are planning on making the most of it and stocking the freezer with venison, you'll need to know Michigan's road-kill laws.

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