Car accidents involving wild deer can be extremely dangerous and even fatal, which is why more and more drivers are investing in deer whistles for their cars. The purpose of deer whistles is to alert a deer to potential danger, like your oncoming vehicle, and scare them off to avoid dangerous accidents. Deer whistles are typically mounted onto the front bumper or roof of a car, and the air supposedly passes through the whistle while you’re driving and produces a high-pitched sound only animals can hear. There are also some electric deer whistles on the market. But do deer whistles actually work?
Data is Inconclusive
So far the only data that claims that deer whistles are effective are from people claiming they have witnessed them working. Most success stories, however, could point to other reasons why the deer were frightened and ran off before the car approached instead of the whistle itself. There’s currently no studies or scientific data that proves that deer whistles do in fact work.
Many Insurance Companies Don’t Recommend Using Deer Whistles
Since there is no concrete evidence that deer whistles work, most car insurance companies do not endorse the use of the whistles. In fact, major insurance companies such as Allstate and Geico actually advise against using deer whistles. They reason that it could give drivers a false sense of security when driving through forested areas instead of driving cautiously.
Safe Driving is the Best Way to Avoid Accidents
While the use of a deer whistle can’t hurt anything, the best defense against hitting a deer is to be ultra aware while driving, especially in a known deer-filled area. Use your high beams at night on back roads if there are no other cars around, and drive at a slow enough speed that you can brake safely if you need to.