That Deer-In-The-Headlights Look
They say there are only three kinds of people in this world: those that can count and those that can’t. Even if you fall into that first group, you are no doubt struggling to tally up the countless deer carcasses strewn across the roadsides of Mexico, Fulton, Columbia, Centralia, Paris, Martinsburg, and Laddonia, MO. I do not have to tell you that we have a huge problem with deer car accidents in Central Missouri.
This could be the result of a number of factors. First and most obviously, we live in a rural area. Not only that, but there are many roads in places where farmland and forest meet, and those are the biggest hotspots for deer crossings. Also, Mid-MO is in the middle of a population boom for deer because of regulations imposed by the Missouri Department of Conservation. They are presently introducing new measures to loosen regulations on crossbows and other weapons to reverse this trend of overpopulation. However, for now it is up to us as motorists to handle this problem as best as we know how until the population balance is restored.
That means that we must be alert while driving around Mexico, Missouri and the surrounding area. Ben’s Auto Body has assembled this list of tips for you on the subject of deer driving safety to prepare you for dealing with the dangers of deer on the road.
First and foremost, keep that seatbelt buckled! Not only is it the law in Missouri, but it’s also the best chance you have of escaping a deer auto collision without injury. Statistics have shown that those that wear seatbelts are more safe overall, but especially when it comes to auto body collisions with deer. Always buckle up!
Second, stay alert at all times. This one might seem pretty obvious to think of, but it’s not always that easy to actually do. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by your passengers, food, billboards, music, or anything else. Texting and driving is the easiest way to land yourself a not-so-free ticket to your local auto body shop. A deer could hop out in front of your car in a fraction of the time that it takes to read or send a text message. Keep your eyes on the road and pay attention to what’s going on.
That being said, there are certainly times when deer are more likely to be out and about. Deer are particularly active between dusk and midnight. They also like to be out in the two hours preceding sunrise. Like I said earlier, they like the places where wooded area meets farmland too. Be especially careful in these places and at these times to steer clear of deer danger.
Several companies push products like deer whistles that supposedly “scare off the deer.” Although I’m not saying that isn’t true, don’t let those kinds of devices take the place of vigilance and common sense. Tests haven’t conclusively proven that these kinds of devices actually do anything to scare off deer or any other critter. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security and stop paying attention to your surroundings.
I hope that this autumn you take the time to enjoy Central Missouri’s natural beauty. Go fishing at Mark Twain Lake or the Missouri River. Go hunting for deer, turkey, or one of the other types of game that are in season. Take a hike in one of Missouri’s beautiful state parks. But whatever encounter with nature you choose to have this fall, make sure that it’s not an encounter between a deer and your windshield. Put into action these steps that I’ve shared, and you can dramatically increase your chances of keeping your car intact this autumn. However, no amount of preparation and care could eliminate every auto body accident on the road. If you find yourself in need of car body repair in Central Missouri, consider taking your vehicle to the experts in collision and dent repair at Ben’s Auto Body.