Join Date: May 2017
Location: Yorktown Hts. NY
Vehicle: 2001 SLK 320
Other Toys: 1987 Kawasaki ZX1000R
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I feel the pain for everyone who has had encounters with deer while driving
In 30 years I have had 5 deer hits, luck was on my side in that no one was hurt (except for the deer.)
The car damage varied.
Jet_fl has a good point about the SLK profile potentially being better with adult deer.
We hit one with our Mazda RX7 Turbo and the deer flew over the roof with minor damage to the front fender.
It's almost impossible to avoid deer if they are running, and it's best not to swerve to avoid a hit
A ditch, roll over or a tree may end up deadly. Let the airbags do their thing
Our last encounter was at night, 2 lane 2 way country road, opposing traffic had just passed with low beams still on.
As my eyes adjusted and before I could high beam, there in my lane was a hit deer in a clump in the middle.
At 60 mph all I could do was brace for the hit.
Luck again was on our side, as we were driving the trusty rusty Dodge Caravan.
The ground clearance of the minivan saved us, with a few bent parts to the floor.
The sight of the outside of the minivan was terrible, with guts hair and blood all over.
We were able to drive home that night
I hope no one has to ever feel the sounds and impact while running over a 120 lb animal