For anyone who’s ever hit a deer or other sizable animal with their vehicle, you know how dangerous and destructive it can be.
My first car, a one-owner 1965 Mercury Comet in stellar condition, was totaled when a big buck crossed our path in the Rockies just outside of Denver in late summer, 1986.
“How bad is it?” I asked my dad, just moments after impact.
“You don’t want to know,” he said.
It could have been much worse. It had been Dad’s turn at the wheel during this cross-country trip and he had swerved to avoid hitting three other deer traveling with the one that we hit at highway speed.
Fortunately, we were not injured. The car, however, was severely damaged: the bumper, the grille, the hood, the right front fender and the passenger door were all mangled.
Dad, who worked nearby as a parts manager at Rocky Mountain International, was very familiar with deer collisions. I learned that while it’s costly to have a car repaired, fixing up a truck whose driver relies on it to make a living can be far worse.
Enter Ali Arc. As fall moves along, more and more deer will be on the road, often in groups, as was our case in the Rockies years ago. Ali Arc produces a variety of collision bumpers that offer proven protection for you and your truck.
Truck bars, pickup bumpers, bull bars and grille guards protect ½-ton trucks all the way to 18-wheelers.
The testimonials posted at Ali Arc’s website are impressive. Take the time to read a few. I can’t imagine hitting a moose or a cow.
“We had a customer here that hit five cows with one of your guards. The only damage to the truck was both headlights. We have a very satisfied customer with your product!” writes Mike Warburton, parts manager at Doonan Peterbilt of Great Bend.
Collisions with deer, though, are far more prevalent. In a story published in 2013, The New York Times reported that in New York state alone, “there were about 35,000 reported deer crashes in 2011, the latest data available, according to Carol Breen, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Department. That year, four people were killed and 1,311 injured in deer-related accidents.”
In that same article, it was reported that for “2001-11, collisions with animals resulted in 2,083 fatal crashes nationwide, according to AAA’s examination of data from the federal Fatality Analysis Reporting System.”
Ali Arc bumpers are available at all Peterbilt, Kenworth, Mack, Volvo, Freightliner or Western Star dealerships in North America. For more information visit aliarc.com.