In the fall months, millions of drivers throughout the United States have felt the terror that runs through your blood right before your car collides with a deer. Because deer often jump right out in front of your car, giving you no time to avoid an accident, it’s important to remain aware and pay close attention to your surroundings while driving.
Over the years, many different inventions have claimed to help reduce deer-vehicle collisions: deer fences, animal overpasses and warning reflectors are all examples. Unfortunately, no solution is 100% effective and most of these “solutions” have never been evaluated for efficacy.
Avoiding a deer collision may be more about you using the correct tools to spot a deer. Enter, the deer whistle. Have you heard of it? Let us explain.
How Deer Whistles Work
The deer whistle aims to stun larger animals into avoiding car collisions. The simple deer whistle is mounted to any vehicle that travels at more than 35 miles per hour. It is air-activated and makes a sound that alerts large animals to the fact that a car is coming by.
The idea is that you’re giving the animal the chance to avoid a collision. While animal reactions are largely unpredictable, most large animals will freeze on the side of the road when they hear the whistle. At times, the animal may look toward the car, but will most likely halt in their actions and wait for the car to pass…right?
Do They Really Work?
Does that solution sound realistic to you? We were skeptical too.
You can read a full article that includes research here, but basically, the answer is no. Due to production inconsistencies, most deer whistles don’t work properly nor have sufficient sound intensity, making them inaudible to deer.
Perhaps even more discouraging, the research also suggests that even if a deer were to hear the sound, it may not change the likelihood of a deer-auto collision.
Best Practices to Avoid Deer-Auto Collisions
Your chances of hitting a deer or another large animal go up significantly during the animal’s mating season, also known as rut. Many studies suggest that deer whistles are not as effective as drivers would like them to be, but this may be due to the fact that drivers aren’t employing other techniques to avoid collisions.
When driving in an area that is home to a significant animal population, you should always be careful and cautious
- Constantly watch for deer or elk, particularly at dusk or dawn
- Slow down any time you see an animal on the side of the road
- Never swerve to miss a deer, as you may cause a collision with another car or a tree
While it may seem that the animals are stopped on the side of the road waiting for your car to pass by, remember that animals are notoriously unpredictable in how they will react to cars. In order to avoid a deadly collision or auto collision repairs, always drive slowly when you see animals on the side of the road. This is true for small animals like chipmunks and cats to larger animals such as deer.
A deer whistle may aid you in your attempts to avoid a collision with a deer, but the reality is that driving defensively extends to your interactions with animals. In order to truly be safe on the road, you must always be aware of your surroundings and alert to any possible problems. Attaching a deer whistle to your car may help to stop animals from running in front of your car, but there is no fail-proof guarantee that will help you avoid accidents with large animals.
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