Commissioner’s Corner

October 2018

Each month the DOI posts short Q & A installments of commonly asked insurance questions and responses from Wyoming Insurance Commissioner, Tom Glause. If you have a question you would like to see addressed or if you want additional information, please feel welcome to contact the DOI at 307-777-7401 or 1-800-438-5768 or at:  www.doi.wyo.gov.  




Q. I’ve noticed that this time of year, there more wildlife are on or near the highways.  Can I do anything to prevent running into them?

A.  You are correct. There are typically more animals near the roadways in the Fall.  I suggest you consider these tips:

  • Deer tend to travel in herds, so if you see one, lookout for more that might follow.
  • Pay attention and reduce your speed when you see wildlife or deer crossing signs.
  • Be extra cautious at dawn and dusk hours when animals tend to be more active.
  • Stay alert and watch your speed.
  • Make sure your headlights are in working correctly.  Using high beams can help spot wildlife, but be considerate of other drivers when using them.
  • Stay focused while driving. Don’t text, talk on your phone or become distracted.
  • Always wear your seat belt. This won't prevent a collision, but it can save your life if you hit an animal.