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Navigating Nature: 10 Essential Spring Wildlife Driving Safety Tips

Safely Sharing the Roads With Wildlife

As we embrace the season’s beauty, it’s crucial to navigate the roads with a keen eye for the diverse wildlife that graces our surroundings. We’re sharing 10 indispensable tips for safely coexisting with nature on the road. Let’s embark on a journey that respects both wildlife and wheels on Atlantic Canadian roads.

  1. Stay Informed about Wildlife Habitats: Understanding where wildlife resides is the first step to avoiding encounters. Canadian studies show that a significant number of wildlife-related accidents occur in areas known for their diverse ecosystems. Stay informed and adjust your driving accordingly.
  2. Reduce Speed in Wildlife Zones: Slow down when entering designated wildlife zones. Canadian road safety data reveals that adhering to reduced speed limits in these areas significantly decreases the likelihood of collisions with animals.
  3. Use High Beams Wisely: Utilize your high beams when appropriate, especially in rural areas. Statistics indicate that well-illuminated roads can give you better visibility and help deter wildlife from approaching the roadway.
  4. Stay Alert at Dawn and Dusk: Wildlife activity peaks during dawn and dusk. Be extra vigilant during these times, as Canadian reports show a higher incidence of collisions during low light conditions.
  5. Watch for Roadside Movement: Wildlife might not adhere to crosswalks, so be attentive to any movement along the roadside. Canadian road safety studies underscore the importance of scanning your surroundings for potential wildlife crossings.
  6. Don’t Rely Solely on Road Signs: While wildlife warning signs are valuable, they may not cover all potential hotspots. Stay cautious even in areas without signage, as animals can appear unexpectedly. Canadian data indicates that overreliance on signs can lead to complacency.
Moose crossing sign on a New Brunswick highway
Stay vigilant even in areas without wildlife signs as animals can appear without warning

7. Avoid Distracted Driving: Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents, and wildlife encounters demand your full attention. Canadian research emphasizes the need to stay focused to react promptly to unexpected situations.

8. Use Wildlife Detection Systems: Consider equipping your vehicle with wildlife detection systems. These technologies are proven to reduce the frequency of wildlife-related accidents, as demonstrated by recent studies in Canada.

9. Give Wildlife Space: If you encounter wildlife on the road, give them space. Attempting to rush or herd them away can lead to unpredictable behavior. Canadian wildlife experts advise a patient and non-confrontational approach.

10. Report Wildlife Collisions: If you do have a collision with wildlife, report it to local authorities. Canadian conservation efforts rely on accurate data to implement measures for wildlife protection and road safety.

As you embark on your springtime drives, let’s cherish the beauty of our natural surroundings while responsibly sharing the roads. By following these 10 wildlife driving safety tips, you not only protect yourself but contribute to preserving Canada’s diverse ecosystems. Safe travels!

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