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Nov/Dec 2013 Issue

Adjust driving habits to avoid wildlife collisions, AAA cautions

With the onset of winter, drivers need to remain alert for the increasing appearance of wildlife to avoid collisions, which resulted in 2,083 fatal crashes and 2,194 fatalities between 2001 and 2011.

Wildlife-vehicle collisions can occur anytime but are more frequent in late fall and early winter when animals move around more due to migration, mating, and hunting seasons. Whether a deer, dog, or even a squirrel, animals on the roadway are unexpected and their actions can be unpredictable, creating dangerous situations for drivers.

AAA encourages motorists to drive with caution, especially at dawn and dusk when animals are more active. Scan the road and shoulders ahead to provide reaction time if an animal is spotted. Also, remember some animals move in groups, so when there is one, there are usually more in the area.

Also, use high beam headlights if there’s no oncoming traffic to spot wildlife sooner. If a collision is unavoidable, apply the brakes firmly and remain in your lane. Swerving to avoid an animal can often cause a more serious crash.

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Mississippi honors AAA magazine for focus on Vicksburg

For shining a spotlight on Mississippi, the AAA Southern Traveler is in the spotlight itself.

At the Mississippi Governor’s Conference on Tourism this fall, the Mississippi Tourism Association honored AAA’s travel magazine for its cover story of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Vicksburg. Associate Editor Don Redman accepted the award. In addition, freelance writer Suzanne Corbett, who penned the article for the magazine’s May/June issue, was named the Mississippi Travel Writer of the year.

“It’s a great honor and very gratifying to be recognized by the association for our work,” said Debbie Reinhardt, managing editor of the AAA Southern Traveler.

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