Fall is a beautiful time of year, but it’s also when most wildlife-vehicle collisions occur.
More than 300,000 of such incidents happen yearly between October and December, according to the Federal Highway Administration.
To reduce your odds of being involved in an animal-related collision, follow these tips:
- Stay focused while driving. Check your mirrors regularly so you always know what is going on around you.
- Use your high beams at night to see animals easier. Look for shiny eyes on the roadsides. Animals’ eyes often glow when meeting headlights.
- Watch your speed while driving. Animals are unpredictable and often dart into the road. Lowering your speed will allow you greater reaction time if this happens.
- Do not swerve your vehicle. If you see an animal, slowdown and gradually stop, if necessary. Use your hazard lights so other drivers know that you’ve stopped.