The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

September 30, 2013

Iowa up in deer collision list

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Hate deer? Think Hawaii. The odds of a driver in Hawaii hitting a deer are one-in-6,787. State Farm said those odds are roughly equivalent to a “middle-of-the-pack National Football League team running off 13 wins in a row.”

The calendar is getting into the worst months of the year for deer collisions. November has the highest rate, with approximately 18 percent of all collisions coming in that one month. October is the second-worst month, with December coming in third.

Here are five deer safety tips from State Farm:

• Watch for deer crossing signs and be vigilant when in an area known for deer

• Be extra cautious from 6-9 p.m., when deer tend to be most active

• Use high beams when you can to illuminate the road

• Ditch the cell phone and snacks. Distractions can keep you from spotting the deer in time to avoid it.

• Don't swerve. Hitting the deer is a better option than losing control or driving into oncoming traffic.

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