Watch Out For Wildlife On The Road
Wildlife On The Road
Wildlife on the road is responsible for one out of every 17 vehicle collisions. Unfortunately, 200 motorists die each year in car-wildlife collisions—as do thousands upon thousands of animals.
Reduce Your Chances
According to the DMV, there are many ways to reduce your chances of being in a vehicle-wildlife collision. Here are some of the top tips:
- When you see a yellow animal-crossing sign, take it seriously by slowing down and being watchful. These are posted in areas that are frequently trafficked by wildlife.
- Watch the shoulders carefully. If you spot an animal here, slow down—they might inexplicably dart in front of you thinking they can make it across.
- Be especially vigilant at dusk, dawn, and night, when animals are most active.
- Slow down at night and keep your headlights on. Remember that your headlights can only illuminate up to 250 feet ahead of you; you’ll need more distance than that to come to a complete stop when at high speeds.
- At night, look for eyes to reflect your headlights.
- Animals like deer, elk, and antelope travel in groups. If you see one, slow down and assume that more are nearby.
- During the winter, be especially careful when road salt is deployed. Many animals view this as a treat and may be on the road tasting it.
The Latest Safety Features
One of the best ways to deal with on-road hazards is to drive a vehicle equipped with the latest safety features, like a new Chevy from Carter Chevrolet in Okarche, OK.