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  • If a deer or other large animal is in your traffic lane and you cannot come to a stop, do not try to swerve around the animal.
    • Swerving often results in the motorist losing control of his car or striking a tree or other fixed object (such as a utility pole) near the shoulder of the road.
    • Instead of swerving, reduce your speed as much as possible in the seconds before striking the animal.
    • Just before the moment of impact, lift your foot off of the brake pedal so that the front end of the car is as high as possible.
    • In hard-braking maneuvers, the front end of the car will be pitched toward the ground.
    • As a result, the deer could travel over your hood and into your windshield.

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