Over the past five years, close to 60,000 wildlife collisions were reported to the OPP. That’s more than 10,000 a year. Nineteen of the people involved in these collisions died and more than 2,200 of them sustained injuries. When driving in rural areas, you need to be extra cautious about wildlife. You should remember that deer, moose and elk crossing signs are only posted where there are frequent sightings or crossings, however these animals can be seen anywhere at any time.
Here are some precautions to take to reduce a possible collision with wildlife:
– Scan the road ahead from shoulder to shoulder. Moose, elk and deer are particularly active at dawn and dusk.
– Deer rarely travel alone, so when motorists see one there are likely more nearby.
– Watch your speed, slowing down will give you more time to respond.
– Avoiding driving after dark when possible.
– Brake firmly if an animal is standing on or crossing the road. Stop if necessary. Swerving to avoid hitting a wild animal may result in loss of control and a more serious collision.