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Do deer alert whistles really work?

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11/03/2007

Short answer is NO. If you can find an insurance company to give you

a discount that would cover the cost...go for it...otherwise check

this evidence:

I think the most telling thing about this topic is that AAA does not

even mention them as a way of controlling animal/car collisions:

http://www.aaafoundation.org/resources/index.cfm?button=autodeer

Crashes With Animals

Collisions with animals, particularly deer, represent more than four

percent of all crashes in the United States and killed 111 people in

1995 according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety

Administration's Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS), so the

Foundation decided to look into this issue further. An analysis of

state data from Alabama showed that the most dangerous times of day

for deer-related crashes are in the early evening and early morning --

the most active time for deer. The most dangerous time of year is

during the mating season, in November and December. While FARS

reported 275,000 collisions with animals in 1995, the Insurance

Information Institute , a New York based group that looks into various

insurance-related issues, estimates that there are 500,000 collisions

each year with deer alone, each costing the insurance industry

approximately $2,000 per claim. According to the I.I.I., the deer

population has swelled from approximately 10 million in the 1980s to

more than 20 million today.

So, what can you do to avoid hitting an animal yourself? First, pay

attention to animal crossing signs. They're probably there because

other motorists have had crashes in the area. Also, obey the speed

limit and keep a close watch for deer around dusk and at dawn. Don't

over-drive your headlights at night -- i.e., control your speed so

that you will have time to react to something when it appears in your

headlights. If you see a deer in the road, honk your horn -- flashing

your lights might cause the animal to further fixate on your vehicle.

Keep in mind that if you think you are going to hit the animal, it's

often better to brake than to swerve. Swerving can confuse the animal

as to which way to run and possibly result in a worse collision with a

fixed object such as a tree or an oncoming vehicle.