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Tips to avoid hitting wildlife while driving B.C. highways

Helpful tips to avoid hitting wildlife while driving B.C. highways

  • Risks of a colimageslision increase from dusk to dawn when visibility is   restricted and animals are active.
  • Watch for road signs that indicate stretches where wildlife are known to   occur.
  • Reduce speed to better respond to wildlife, minimize the damage in a   collision, and reduce stopping distance.
  • Brakes are considered the better option over swerving your vehicle for   smaller wildlife. But the circumstances must be weighed in individual cases   involving larger mammals, since hitting a moose full-on could be fatal.
  • Watch for wildlife on the road, in the ditch, on the shoulder, and in the   right of way.
  • Shining eyes don’t always foretell wildlife; moose are so tall that their   eyes are normally above the beams of most vehicle headlights, and are less   likely to reflect the light.
  • The brake lights of the vehicle ahead of you may indicate an animal   crossing the road.
  • Good roadside forage habitat and intersecting creeks are likely to attract   wildlife.
  • Maintain your vehicle: keep headlights and windshield clean, check and   repair windshield wiper blades, align headlights.
  • Honk your horn or flash your lights to scare animals off the road.
  • Use high beams when it is safe to do so and scan the road ahead with quick   glances.
  • Where there is one animal, there may be more, including a fawn or calf.
  • If a collision is inevitable, aim for the spot the animal is coming from,   not where it is going.
  • Look toward where you want to go, not at the animal.

Source: The Wildlife Collision Prevention Program