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With risk high for deer-involved crashes, safety tips for Montana drivers

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A recent State Farm study shows that 1-in-57 Montanans will hit a deer and those chances go up from October to December.

"It's the mating season for larger animals so they're moving a lot more during than dusk and dawn," said Dusty Dawes, a State Farm Insurance Agent. 

It's important to be on high alert at those times during the Fall, but auto body shops see collisions all the time.

"I'd say we're probably from 60 to 70% of what we run into here is deer," said George Flikkema, an estimator at Ressler Collision Center. 

Sometimes hitting a deer is inevitable, but double checking to make sure you have the right insurance coverage may help save you a few pennies if you do find yourself in a deer versus car situation.

"Typically the insurance coverage, you need to have comprehensive insurance coverage and it typically has a deductible applied to it," said Dawes. 

On top of making sure you have the right insurance protection, make sure to slow down at dusk and dawn. If you see one deer there are usually more to follow, and do not swerve to avoid hitting one.

"We've seen a lot of people swerving to miss deer. You're better off hitting it," Flikkema said.

Finally, many tools to protect your car from deer have been proven inefficient, like deer whistles.

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