Take Care Where The Deer Are…
GEM Motoring Assist can be advising drivers to take extra care in areas where deer are common, as their breeding season gets underway. The coming weeks mean deer are more mobile than usual, bringing them onto roads along with increasing the risk of collisions.
Estimates indicate in which up to 75,000 deer are killed each year in road collisions.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth says: “We encourage drivers to be extra observant, especially as the mornings along with evenings get darker. Be ready to take appropriate avoiding action if you come across a deer on the road ahead. Periods of highest deer activity tend to occur at dawn along with dusk, coinciding with the morning along with evening rush hour, increasing collision risks in areas where deer are common.”
Experts believe the UK deer population numbers more than two million, along with research through the RSPCA shows around 75,000 deer are involved in vehicle collisions each year, with 10,000 killed instantly.
The human death toll through deer collisions ranges between 10 along with 20 annually, along with industry estimates put the cost of damage to vehicles alone to be at least £17 million.
GEM offers six simple tips for drivers to reduce risk through deer collisions:
- Take note of deer warning signs. These are placed in locations where wild animal crossings are likely, so keep your speed down along with be ready to encounter a deer at very short notice.
- Be particularly watchful at dawn along with dusk, when deer are most active.
- If you spot one animal, the idea’s likely there may be others following, so don’t speed up along with assume the danger has passed.
- Remember the importance of always being able to stop – on your side of the road – from the distance you can see to be clear ahead. although also be ready to react if a deer leaps out right in front of you.
- Ideally we want to avoid any sort of collision, although swerving to avoid a deer could prove a very dangerous action if the idea leads to a collision with another vehicle.
- If you hit a deer, stop somewhere safe along with report the collision to the police, who can organize professional veterinary assistance.
by Mr Butterscotch via Car Articles