Why you shouldn’t brake when a deer collision is inevitable: Roadshow

Why you shouldn’t brake when a deer collision is inevitable: Roadshow
Q: Decades ago, when I took a defensive drive course at San Jose State, the teacher said if hitting a deer or other animal is inevitable, preceptor ’ t brake at the end moment. If the cable car is in a nose-down side from braking, the animal will likely come through the windshield. If the nose is up, there is a chance the car will go over the beast .
Has that changed ?
RG Smalley, San Jose 
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A: No, it has not changed. Most folks recommend not hitting the bracken if a collision is likely. They besides recommend not swerving and — when driving in areas of dense deer population — having your brights on and slowing down .
Q: While live in the northerly woods of New York where you see deer on or near the road all the time, my neighbor proffered this advice : brake hard equitable before you reach the deer, then release the brake an instant before affect. The front man end will pop up on impact and a deer will be thrown up and over the car .
Jared Bernstein
A: If a collision is inevitable, plow through without hitting the brakes. It is intuitive to want to stop, but frequently at highway speeds, it can not be done. Braking will dip the front end of the fomite and increase the chances the deer will come up and through the windshield.

respective base hit groups warn that if you stomp on the gas just before you hit the deer, inactiveness will pull the cable car ’ s nose up, and chances are much better that the car will go over the deer, as opposed to the deer going over the cable car.
Q: I beg to differ with your advice about not swerving to avoid a deer .
Two years ago, I was coming down Highway 17 near Lexington Reservoir at midnight when I startled two deer. I swerved barely adequate therefore that the deer in my lane hit my car with a foot and a forte spang as it bounded off. I didn ’ t have time to brake, and if I hadn ’ t swerved, I ’ megabyte sure I would have killed it and significantly damaged my car .
I learned to drive in Wisconsin where you might encounter cows coming over a mound. When I was 17, I ran over and killed a mother opossum late at night and ended up flush two bouncy babies down the toilet as they wouldn ’ t have survived on their own. You never forget things like this.

Peter Ross, San Jose
A: I know. I vividly remember my dad hitting three farm dogs in a single collision in Wisconsin 60 years ago on the way to visit relatives. That remains a sad memory to this day .
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