"I survived a deer-versus-car accident, and I had no chance [to stop]; it was instant," he said. "All of a sudden, you’re pulling your face out of the airbag. It’s scary. If you catch yourself not paying attention to the speed limit, you won’t have a chance. It is critical at this time of year to slow down. "
The Iowa DOT warns drivers that they should not swerve to avoid deer. Their website has a booklet full of tips for parents to share with teen drivers. One piece of advice is another version of "slow down." Tell new drivers that "a serious crash can result if a driver swerves to miss a deer. Sometimes hitting the animal at a reduced speed is safer than swerving, losing control and hitting a tree."
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