While driving through Georgia, the last thing you want to deal with is a wild animal directly in the path of your speeding car. Should such an encounter happen, would you know how to handle it?

Farmers’ Almanac offers a few tips that could help you avoid a car accident. Keep animals safe and your insurance premiums affordable.

Keep your eyes open

When driving at night, keep your eyes peeled for small glowing circles in the distance that could indicate an animal is ahead. Some animals will scamper out of the road, while others may remain in your path. Either way, a forewarning of an animal ahead, no matter the size, helps avoid an accident.

Drive slowly

You may not expect to see wild deer crossing in certain areas of Georgia. That is why it is so essential to look out for wildlife crossing signs and drive slowly in wooded areas where wild animals could be present. You do not want to find out the hard way how much damage a deer can do to your car.

Know when animals are at their most active

Be extra vigilant at sunrise and sunset, when animals are usually the most likely to cross the street. For deer, they commonly make an appearance between 6 and 9 at night. October through January is breeding season for many wild animals, so keep an eye out for them during those months, and the same applies to the spring season when wildlife families are on the move.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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