Deer-car collisions increase approaching October - WNEM TV 5

Deer-car collisions increase approaching October

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Gary Burr has owned an auto repair shop in Saginaw for 45 years. 

"Well, our volume usually goes up because of the vehicles damaged by deer," Burr said.

Every year, come the beginning of October, his workers are busy fixing vehicles damaged by deer ramming into them.

"It's more damage to the fenders, bumpers, grills...things like that," Burr said.

The Insurance Institute of Michigan confirms that bump. There were a lot of deer crashing into cars in Mid-Michigan in 2014, with Genesee County leading the way with nearly a thousand.

Statewide, there were well over 45,000 deer-vehicle crashes in 2014.

But how do you avoid becoming a statistic?

The first thing is very simple: make sure that you're very careful when observing your surroundings as you're driving down the roadway.

Dawn and dusk are the times you really need to keep an eye out for deer. 

If you see one deer, slow down because there's a good chance there will be others nearby.

If you're going to crash, don't swerve!

"Apply the brake, steer straight," Burr said.

Burr said besides your own safety and others in your car, another reason to watch out for deer is to avoid a big repair bill.

"It can run, we've seen $6,000 to $7,000 worth of damage," Burr said.

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