Perspective Newsletter

Newsbriefs: Seahawks, deer, and drowsy driving

Go Seahawks – for safety's sake

Turns out, a loss for the home team is more than a bummer for local fans. It's dangerous. A study of 31 NFL stadiums by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that accidents around stadiums spike by 3.2% on game days when the home team wins, but by 9.4% on days when they lose or tie. The study doesn't explain why – but it's safe to say that drivers should take extra care on the road following a gridiron heartbreaker!

October begins peak season for deer collisions

October is the beginning of deer mating season, and considering that half to two-thirds of deer collisions occur from October through December, the antlered Romeos seem too distracted to look both ways before they cross the road! To improve your odds of avoiding an accident, slow down between dusk and dawn when traveling through deer country and expect more deer if you see even one. Use your high beams as much as possible (they'll widen your field of vision, allowing you to spot deer beyond the shoulder of the road). Honk steadily if a deer seems "frozen" in your headlights.

If a deer jumps out, stay in your lane and maintain control. Swerving increases your risk of a crash. If you do hit a deer, move your car to a safe place; call the police as you would for any accident; photograph the damage, animal, and scene to accompany your accident report; and make sure your vehicle is safe to drive (no leaking fluid, tire damage, etc.) before leaving the scene. Sadly, you'll want to suppress your natural, good-hearted intentions to try to help the wounded animal. In its panic, it could seriously injure you.

Once you've arrived safely at your destination, call us so we can help you get your car repaired.

And remember, always buckle up. About 200 people nationwide die each year in deer collisions, according to an IIHS study, 60% of whom aren't wearing seat belts.

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, Nov. 6-13, 2016

You've seen the bumper stickers that say "Hang up and drive." But we also may need one that says "Wake up and drive." Drowsy driving contributed to 4,700 crashes in Washington between 2012 and 2015, according to the Washington State Patrol. Surprisingly, teens and young adults are at the highest risk of nodding off somewhere between "Drive" and "Park." See the four warning signs that your teen is at risk for a drowsy driving accident.

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