Reminder to Michigan drivers: Don’t veer for deer

Instead, brake firmly

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DETROIT – If a deer jumps in front of your vehicle, don’t veer.

Veering can cause drivers to hit another vehicle or object, such as a tree, and is often more dangerous than just hitting the deer.

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The Office of Highway Safety Planning shared tips for what motorists should do if a deer is in the roadway -- brake firmly, hold the steering wheel, stay in your lane and come to a controlled stop.

Drivers are also reminded to stay extra alert if they see a deer, as the animals usually travel in groups.

There tends to be many deer-related crashes in the fall. Last year, November had the highest number of these crashes, with 9,353 reported in Michigan.