Statewide Iowa — (RI) — With the cool, crisp weather of October comes the increased risk of hitting an animal with your car. Iowa drivers rank fifth in the US for the most animal collisions, according to the state’s largest auto insurer.
Kelly Pargett, a spokeswoman for State Farm, says the company’s study finds 58-percent of the animals Iowans hit are deer.
Iowa drivers have a one-in-55 chance of colliding with an animal while driving, according to the report, and repairs can be very expensive.
The report says most animal-related crashes occur during October, November and December. The oft-repeated Iowa DOT motto is: “Don’t veer for deer,” as steering away from an animal could put you in the ditch or into oncoming traffic. Pargett says to watch your speed, buckle up and be vigilant, especially from dusk onward.
The most dangerous state for animal collisions is West Virginia, followed by Montana, Pennsylvania and South Dakota. The state with the lowest risk? Hawaii.