Ithaca, and the surrounding area, is one of the most scenically beautiful places in the Finger Lakes. It’s not just us locals that think this, it’s an opinion shared by many people that either live here or come to Ithaca for a visit. Although, the city is quite cosmopolitan in many ways, you don’t have to go too far to encounter some of our local animals. Sure, there are many cats and dogs around. But, we’re talking about wild critters such as squirrels, possums and the favorite of many around here – deer. While seeing deer grazing along our roadways can be enjoyable, if you are unfortunate enough to have a run in with your vehicle you’ll need a collision repair service in Ithaca.
Yes, there are plenty of deer that live within easy walking range of local neighborhoods and roadways. Female and young deer tend to travel in groups, while adult male bucks are often spotted walking or standing alone. Since deer are pretty stealthy, you may be totally unaware of their presence most of the time, and that’s best for humans and deer. However, because this is a heavily populated area, once in a while one or more deer decide to walk along the roadway, or cross a road when a car is dangerously in the vicinity.
Imagine being a mama deer with two young ones, and you need to cross a road to get to a prime grazing spot. The babies have got to eat, so you take your chances that you and your kids can cross safely before a car gets too close. Most of the time the mama deer judges correctly and crosses without incident. But, when her judgment is a bit off and a car is coming up just as her family is smack in the middle of the road, well, she must rely on the driver being fully aware to avoid calamity for both parties. That’s why it pays to keep an eye out for deer during your commute. You never know when you’ll have to stop suddenly to allow a family of deer to cross your path.
Driving along local roads either early in the morning or late at night also poses a high risk to drivers and animals. Possums, skunks, squirrels and raccoons regularly cross roads while traffic is light. That doesn’t mean they are completely out of danger. Drivers that hit these poor critters are usually unsure, or unaware, that they hit something. Most people simply keep driving after hitting a small animal, but if you do swerve to avoid hitting one, take care to avoid skidding off the road. Even a run in with a small animal can cause damage to today’s newer light weight vehicles and Winks Body Shop is the “go to” auto body repair center in Ithaca.
When it comes to deer it’s a whole different ball game. Deer can dart out into a roadway when you least expect to see them. You may have driven on that same stretch of road countless times without incident. But, all it takes is a deer to make an error in judgment to turn your normal commute into an accident nightmare.
If you are unfortunate enough to have an accident due to local wildlife, the damage to your car can be serious. After sorting things out at the scene, contact Wink’s Ithaca Body Shop right away. Wink’s has an established reputation for providing our customers with excellent collision repairs in Ithaca. Hitting a deer is traumatic enough without worrying over getting your car fixed properly. Call us today to discuss how we may help you out in an emergency.