What To Do If An Animal Runs In Front Of Your Vehicle
- Scan the road and shoulders ahead of you.
- Looking ahead helps provide enough reaction time if an animal is spotted.
- Also, remember some animals move in groups, so when there is one, there are usually more in the area.
- Use high-beam headlights if there’s no oncoming traffic.
- Wildlife may be spotted sooner when using high beams. This will give the driver time to slow down, move over or honk the horn to scare the animal away.
- High beams also help in spotting some animals’ reflective eyes.
- If a collision is unavoidable, apply the brakes firmly and remain in your lane.
- Swerving to avoid an animal can often cause a more serious crash or result in drivers losing control of vehicles.
- Be extra cautious at dawn and dusk.
- Most animals, especially deer, tend to be more active early in the morning and at dusk.
- Slow down and use extra caution when traveling through areas with a high and active wildlife population.
- Be aware of increased wildlife movement in some regions during certain times of the year, such as hunting or mating season.
- Drivers should always wear a seat belt and remain awake, alert, and sober.
The same safe driving practices that are taught in A-1’s Defensive Driving Class can apply to be a safe driver in a car and on a motorcycle. There is a lot of very useful and informative information in the class and it will apply whether you have been driving for years or you are a brand new driver.