November is one of most dangerous months of the year when it comes to car-deer collisions. It is the height of deer mating season combined with the beginning of the hunting season. Those two factors have the animals running wild - and getting in the way of vehicles.
AAA estimates that on average, hitting a deer costs $3,720. However, Pete Sydow, manager of First Choice Auto in Depew, said he has seen several cars "totaled" by insurance companies because the impact with a deer caused extensive damage to a car's electrical components.
This weekend marks the start of shotgun season for deer hunting. While NYS counts on hunting as a way of controlling the deer population, it can also cause more movement with deer.
Drivers are advised to use extra caution during dawn and dusk. Slow down. Use high-beams at night if there are no on-coming cars. Most importantly, don't swerve if a deer runs in front of your vehicle - it can cause you to lose control.
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