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“I Brake for Animals” May Lead to More Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 11, 2012

An “I brake for animals” bumper sticker can be a cute way to express your love for our four-legged friends. But always braking or swerving to avoid hitting an animal can increase your risk of a serious accident, according to a recent article in The Washington Post.

If you don’t have time to check for traffic before you brake, try not to swerve, recommends the Washington State Highway Patrol. If you can swerve safely into another lane instead of hitting an animal, you should do so; but, if you can’t swerve safely or you don’t know if you can or not, it may be safer for you and for other drivers on the road to risk hitting the animal instead. This is especially true for smaller animals that aren’t taller than your car’s hood. Read the rest »

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