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I've hit two in the last year, and both times the car has held up pretty well. Tore up the left fender and side mirror the first time, and the right headlight and right fender last Friday night. Fortunately I haven't hit one head on, but with the number of deer around here, it's only a matter of time :?
 

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Hi bfivelover,

Glad you are OK.
I can not appreciate what you have experienced as I have not hit a deer in my life yet (cross my fingers I will not)

But, Isn't there a way to prevent this for you, your car and the deers. I can only imagine that if some strange person would stand on the highway at night, it would be hit before you can see/curve around him.

Is car speed in curves a factor? I know that a moose can kill you.

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There was no way to prevent either instance, and neither speed nor curves was a factor. Both times I was on a straight stretch of road going 40-45MPH when the deer appeared out of nowhere, and believe me, there was NO time to react. Last Friday, I saw the deer's head in front of my headlight, and before I could move a muscle, BOOM. The only factor in both cases was that it was dark out. I even had a deer whistle on the car, which obviously doesn't work.
 

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Bill, that's what scares me about driving the roads around here after dark. The deer are proliferating and about the only thing that will reduce their numbers would be a really cold winter. Nice to look at, but about as stable and mentally proficient as a mouse trap. A bunch of them wandered into the fenced off parking lot of the local police. Someone spooked them and they danced all over the cruisers doing incredible damage. :shock:

Glad you are OK.

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I have heard of deer whistlers ???? that are supposed to work well. It is some sort of air driven high frequency whistle that scares the deer away from the sound. (I know a guy who moved to West Virginia and had two hits within a year. He then started using one of these and didn't have any). I imagine it could be hidden in the front grille. Have fun, Rick
 

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Deer whistles

Deer whistles, unfortunately, are just another snake-oil product. The statistical difference in deer-related accidents between deer-whistle-equipped cars and non-equipped cars is well below the 3% margin of error.

However, like clear taillights, secondary horns, and throttle controls, if you like it, go for it. Not gonna hurt anything, except maybe the ears of dogs as you fly past.
 

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Rick Reece said:
I have heard of deer whistlers ???? that are supposed to work well. It is some sort of air driven high frequency whistle that scares the deer away from the sound. (I know a guy who moved to West Virginia and had two hits within a year. He then started using one of these and didn't have any). I imagine it could be hidden in the front grille. Have fun, Rick
Rick, that's what I have on my grille. State Farm gave it to me after the first deer. The woman said she hadn't heard of anyone with one on their car hitting a deer. Guess I have to give her a call!
 

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My wife has hit two deer in a minivan with deer whistles on board. I took them off after that!
 

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Look on the positive side - at least you guys still have wildlife to hit!!!
 

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Christian:

We would gladly export a few hundred thousand deer .......

Bill
 

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Deer whistles may not work but an exhaust whistle will scare the geepers out of anything within a mile radius of your car. :shock:

http://homepage.mac.com/howheels/rubpics/woowoo.wmv

Just don't expect your neighbors to be very happy with you. :evil:

Whoo whoooo. :lol:

BTW these were eventually banned in Oakland.
 

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Ohh no, don't tell me bubb rubb's comming back. I saw, or heard rather, a slammed truck with whistle tips on it. I have no idea how people who have those could even stand to drive their own vehicles. It was more annoying than the rice burners that have coffee cans for mufflers.
 

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Deer/ Moose

I don't know about deer, but I hit a moose on the 22nd of Nov. Totaled my 1995 civic so I bought an insight in Washington and drove it back to Alaska. I hit another moose on the 7th of Jan. No word from the body shop as to totaled or not on this one. This one got the hood, bumper cover , roof , l.f. fender, left door, left rear fender, left quarter window and of course the windshield. Only minor cuts on the first one, no injuries at all in the second. Moose died in both.
 

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wow, do they let you keep the moose if you kill it with your car. some states allow that with deer so long as you report it to the local environmental cops. Its really a shame to see so many dead deer on the roads these days. My home road curves through a state park that doesn't allow hunting and I have literally seen 20 or so dead deer within the 3 mile stretch near my house this year. It amazes me that deer can be so wary of hunters but yet not wake up to the fact that a large percentage of any herd thinning comes from their inability to look both ways.
 

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Jetsen:

I would consider myself lucky walking away from one Moose encounter. Two!!.............you are a lucky person.
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Re: Deer/ Moose

jetsen said:
I don't know about deer, but I hit a moose on the 22nd of Nov. Totaled my 1995 civic so I bought an insight in Washington and drove it back to Alaska. I hit another moose on the 7th of Jan. No word from the body shop as to totaled or not on this one. This one got the hood, bumper cover , roof , l.f. fender, left door, left rear fender, left quarter window and of course the windshield. Only minor cuts on the first one, no injuries at all in the second. Moose died in both.
Hi jetsen!
I knew it: an ALASKAN Insightowner 8)
Cool, driving up the Alaska-Highway in an Insight, now that's what I call "North to Future" :lol:

Hope your car wasn't totalled :?
 

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Jetsen, we suffer dear fear here. I think a photo of a moose attack would be interesting for the archives on this site!
 

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deer whistles

The whistles work for me. I can see the deer look up at start moving away from the road side from about 60 yards away. The problem with deer is if you surprise them. If they know your coming they remain calm. The vehicle must be traveling at least 30-35 mph for the whistles to function.
I drive my Insight in rual Alabama and North Florida and encounter hundreds of deer a year.

Mike G.
 
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