What to Do if You Hit an Animal while Driving

If you’re unfortunate enough to hit an animal while driving, there are some things you should do, both in terms of your own safety and the law.

Immediately after the collision, pull over to the side of the road and put your emergency lights on, and if you have flares put them out so other drivers have forewarning.

If you hit an animal, it’s important to call the police and report the accident. Many states require you to do so and enforce penalties for drivers who leave the scene of an animal collision.

This is good not only so that the animal can get some kind of medical attention or be removed from the scene but also so that you have a report of the incident to tell your insurance company about if your vehicle needs repairs.

After you’ve called the authorities, take photos of the scene to document for the police report and your insurance company. If the animal seems to still be alive, keep an eye on it and keep some distance from it—it’s probably scared and may attack if you get too close.

Do your best to avoid hitting animals by staying off the road when it’s dark, going the speed limit, and avoiding driving distractions.

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Fun Thanksgiving Treats that Aren’t Pie

If you want to mix it up at Thanksgiving this year, we’ve found some fun dessert ideas that will set your treat apart from the smorgasbord of pies. Plus, they’re super fun for the kids to help out with!

Check out Delish.com’s article on Turkey Treats for a 14 cute and simple recipes. Using chocolate peanut butter cups for the faces and candy corns for feathers, you can make adorable turkey Rice Krispie treats, or turn no-bake cookies into turkeys with pretzel sticks. If you want to get really artsy, make some cutout cookies and decorate them—the ones featured here are seriously impressive.

Delish.com also has an article on mini-desserts for Thanksgiving so you can put away as many different kinds of sweet things as you possibly can before the day is done. Mini sweet potato soufflés, pumpkin cheesecake fries, pumpkin spice fudge, and fried apple rings are just a few of the recipes on this list, and they all look absolutely amazing.

You should also look through the New York Times Cooking section for non-pie Thanksgiving desserts, which features pecan pie truffles, pumpkin panna cotta, pumpkin gelato, and apple crumb crostata. I think we’re developing a pattern here. Is it really a Thanksgiving dessert if there’s no apple or pumpkin?

These recipes are perfect for the pie-exhausted baker, so click those links and get inspired!

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