A Warning from ‘The Man’ about ‘The Rut’

A Warning from ‘The Man’ about ‘The Rut’

So…it is that time of year again.  It is time for the rut.  For those of you who don’t hunt and/or don’t have hunter husbands/wives I am certain you are wondering what in the world that means….

Well, for the hunter…”Peak rut is the magical time when mature bucks drop their guard, sometimes wandering around in broad daylight in search of hot does, seemingly oblivious to the sight, sound and sometimes even the smell of humans.”*

For those of us driving cars, it means be extra CAUTIOUS!  Those bucks that have dropped their guard are in an amorous mood and they are chasing those ‘hot’ does with wreckless abandon.  And, of course, those ladies have to play ‘hard to get’ so they run from the bucks and neither of them pay any attention to their surroundings or where they are running.  They are just living in the moment and playing the mating game. That is why, unfortunately, you see so many deer along the side of the road that have been hit by cars this time of year.

To say that a deer can cause serious damage to a vehicle, and possibly the driver, is an understatement.  There are several things you can do to protect yourself and our deer as noted in this article** from Car & Driver magazine written in 2009:

Each year there are approximately 500,000 deer/auto collisions resulting in over 100 deaths and thousands of injuries.

Deer/auto collisions cost about $2000 per claim for repairs and injuries.

Be vigilant in early morning and evening hours, the most active time for deer.

Use your high-beam headlights when safe to do so.

Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away.

Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path. Do not swerve. It can confuse the deer as to where to run. It can also cause you to lose control and hit a tree or another car.

Be alert and drive with caution when you are moving through a deer crossing zone.

Always wear your seatbelt. Most people injured in car/deer crashes are not wearing a seatbelt.

Look for other deer after one has crossed the road. Deer seldom run alone.

If your vehicle strikes a deer, do not touch the animal. The frightened animal, in attempting to move, could hurt you or itself. The best procedure is to get your car off the road if possible, and call the police.

Contact your insurance agent or company representative to report any damage to your car. Collision with an animal is covered under the comprehensive portion of your auto insurance policy.

And there you have it…your warning from ‘The Man’!  So be careful and pay much more attention to your surroundings when you are behind the wheel!!!  Safe travels, everyone!

 

http://mathewsinc.com/21443/as-reliable-as-the-sun-our-biologist-examines-the-rut-peaks-across-the-country/
** http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/avoiding-deer-car-collisions-info

 

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