Believe it or not, animals get spring fever just as much as humans do. Warm weather leads to an increase in animal populations, and many species tend to travel the most during the springtime. While it might be nice to see more wildlife, it is also important to remember that animals can be driving hazards. That’s why we’ve put together a post on avoiding animals on the road.
How do I avoid animals on the road?
A collision with wildlife occurs every 39 minutes in the US, according to the DMV. One of the best things you can do to avoid these accidents is to slow down and pay attention to yellow animal-crossing signs. There are dedicated signs that signal what animals are abundant in these areas. Be on the lookout for deer, bears, rabbits, and other animals in high animal-traffic areas.
Look for reflecting eyes at night. Many wildlife are most active at dawn and dusk, so be sure to have you lights on. If you see two bright dots reflecting back at you in the distance, it’s likely that it is an animal. Slow down to allow for sufficient time to brake.
Keep in mind that many animals travel in groups. If you see one, it is likely that there are others nearby. This is especially true for deer. If you are driving around the country, other animals to look out for include antelope and elk.
If a crash is unavoidable, do not swerve. Although it might sound counter-intuitive, you can do more damage hitting an oncoming vehicle than a rabbit, or even a deer. Slam on your brakes, jam on the horn, and duck below the dash if necessary.