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GENERAL MOTORS OFFERS SAFETY TIPS

 WARREN, Mich., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year in the United States there are approximately 300,000 car-deer accidents on roads and highways resulting in about 120 people being killed and significant property damage.
 At General Motors (NYSE: GM), Pamela Mabery, a safety engineer in the Crash Avoidance Department who studies crash causation, offers these tips and suggestions for avoiding deer:
 -- Remember that deer are most active from September through December, and are especially active between dusk and dawn daily.
 -- Detecting deer on roads at night can be very difficult. Look for reflections in the animal's eyes. Use your high-beam headlights when you can lawfully do so.
 -- If you see a deer moving toward the road, brake hard but try not to swerve. A deer's behavior is unpredictable. It may cross back in fear, and you will want to keep control to avoid running into oncoming traffic or hitting a tree.
 -- If the deer is stationary and well out in front of you, slow down and sound your horn one long blast. This way, the deer is more likely to dart into your path before you get there.
 -- Deer crossing signs are there for a good reason. Watch for them.
 -- Wear your safety belt. People injured in a car-deer crash usually were not wearing their safety belts.
 General Motors is looking at improvements in lighting, the potential of radar and infrared and other technologies to assist future drivers in avoiding these and other types of accidents.
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 /CONTACT: Richard R. Thompson of General Motors, 313-986-5721/
 (GM)


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