According to the DMV, a collision with wildlife occurs every 39 minutes on average, and 1 out of every 17 car collisions involves wildlife. Employ these driving tips to avoid hitting a wild animal out on the road.
Pay Attention to Animal-Crossing Signs
Yellow animal-crossing signs exist for a reason and are posted near what are known to be high-traffic areas for wildlife.
Be Aware When Wildlife Is Most Active
Most animals are nocturnal or most active at dawn and dusk. If the sun isn’t up (or up all the way), take care.
Look For Animals By the Road Or Reflective Eyes
Often, animals sitting by the side of the road will become startled and run into the street. If it’s night, look at the shoulders of roads for reflective eyes in the dark.
Some Animals Move In Groups
Deer, elk, and antelope wander in groups, so if you stop for one deer, look around for others before speeding up again.
Drive Slowly Through Areas With Large Animal Populations
This applies especially if it is dark outside, but the average headlamps only illuminate an area of about 200 feet in front of the vehicle, which can cause problems if drivers don’t have time to hit the brakes. Slow down in order to avoid this.
Having a safe vehicle helps in situations such as these, and you can find some of the safest vehicles around here at Atzenhoffer Chevrolet.