King Fire causing higher risk for vehicle collisions with wildlife.

Stymeist Collision Centers Wants You To Be Safe On The Roads

King Fire burns stop sign

Currently in the foothills, fire, smoke and the intrusion of firefighting units are sending wildlife in search of refuge. This puts animals and humans at higher risk of collisions on our roads.

Also, we're sure you know Fall is deer mating and migration season, adding to the urgency for drivers to be especially aware of their surroundings.

Please share these 8 deer-defensive driving tips with all drivers in your family:

Deer on road1. Be especially attentive from sunset to midnight and during the hours before and after sunrise. 2. Drive with caution, being aware of what's happening not only on the road, but alongside the road ahead. 3. Deer seldom run alone. If you see one deer, others may be nearby. Slow down. 4. When driving at night, use high beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic. High beams better illuminate the eyes of deer. 5. Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or lose control of their cars. 6. Blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away. 7. Always wear your seat belt. Most people injured in car/deer crashes were not wearing their seat belt. 8. If your vehicle strikes a deer, do not touch the animal. A frightened and wounded deer can hurt you or further injure itself. The best procedure is to get your car off the road if possible and call 911.

Don't veer for deerContact your insurance company to report any damage to your car. Or call Stymeist Collision Centers and let us deal with your insurance and get you scheduled for repair work. Collision with an animal may or may not be covered under the comprehensive portion of your auto insurance policy.

All of us at Stymeist's Collision Centers are heartbroken about the tragic King Fire, it's devastation to people's lives and property and to our beautiful environment. We pray for everyone affected, including our customers and their loved ones, and the brave people fighting to end the fire's spread. May all stay safe!