|Updated: 10/23/2012 10:45 pm
||Published: 10/23/2012 6:01 pm
Your chances of hitting a deer with your car in Arkansas just jumped. The state now ranks in the top ten for where you are most likely to run into a deer.
Tuesday, State Farm Insurance revealed Arkansas has moved up from 14th last year to 9th this year on the list of states where you are most likely to hit a deer.
While you can not make a deer disappear, you can become a better driver to avoid getting hurt.
Your odds of hitting a deer with your car in Arkansas are 1 in 102.
"I went by one the other day, about five feet, standing in the middle of the road, and I slowed down as much as I could," says Gary Stephenson with State Farm.
By doing that, Stephenson avoided a collision.
On average, the State Farm Insurance rep says deer-related crashes cause $3,400 in property damage.
Stephenson's best advice if you see a deer is do not panic.
"That's one of the worst things you can do is try to swerve, and then you're maybe into a ditch, a tree or on-coming traffic," says Stephenson.
What should you do if a deer gets in your way? State Farm says you need to maintain control of your car and hold on tight to your steering wheel.
"If you have to hit the animal, as unpleasant as that may be, that's better than losing control of the vehicle and possibly something worse happening," says Stephenson.
Right now, we are in the middle of the most active time of the year for deer, and they are most likely to get in your way during rush hour.
Stephenson says use your high beams when you can and do not rely on gadgets.
"The deer whistles are highly suspect. I would not at all put a deer whistle on and think I'm safe and just carry on at 65 miles an hour. Not a good idea. Honking is good, if you have time. Do that, that's great. They'll try to get away from the sound," he says.
Hawaii and Arizona are the states where you are the least likely to hit a deer. West Virginia tops the list as the most dangerous. Stephenson says that's because the state has fewer drivers and more deer.