Collisions with deer and moose are reported every year, especially during breeding, hunting and harvesting season, between October and December. Colliding with these animals can be fatal for both vehicle’s passengers and the animals themselves. They can also cause serious damage to vehicles. We will share some tips to avoid this situation, which could avoid putting your life at risk or ruining your truck.
- Pay attention and obey warning signs: Collisions occur most often in moose or deer habitats, such as wooded areas and waterways.
- Drive at a safe speed: Do not exceed speed limits. If you drive a truck, slow down to have more time to react to an unexpected situation.
- Drive defensively: Be prepared to do evasive maneuvers, such as slowing down suddenly or lowering car headlight, which blind animals’ vision and disorient them.
- Look around: Check constantly the sides, ditches and intersections on the road. Try to catch signs of the presence of animals, such as movement, flashing eyes, silhouettes or shadows.
- Be very cautious at dusk and dawn: These animals are more active during these hours and your visibility is limited. If you see a deer or moose, do not think its alone. They usually move in groups.
- Drive cautiously during the night: Use your high beams wisely and do not blind the drivers in the opposite direction. Make sure you have your windshield glass clean to see clearly. Drive at an appropriate speed. Look at the sides to see if you can see the brightness of the eyes of these animals.
- Reduce vehicle speed if other drivers act strangely: Emergency lights, horn sounds or vehicles moving from side to side may be the signal animals’ presence. Your speed will be of vital importance to have time to observe and react.
- Stay alert near cities: Remain vigilant; these animals also enter the cities looking for food. The horn and emergency lights terrify them and probably, instead of getting them out of your way, they will go in your direction. They are well known for running into vehicles, parked or moving, regardless of the size of the vehicle.
- You should know when to not deviate: If a deer appears in front of your truck brake firmly, do not move or leave your lane. Many accidents occur when the driver tries to dodge an animal and collides with another vehicle or leaves the road. Drive defensively and slowly to avoid collide with animals and to have enough time and space to slow down.