Animal Collisions

7 October 2016 - By Eugene Herbert

South Africans love driving in the   bush but, in order
to get there, it is almost inevitable that we will be driving on
roads where animals – both domestic and wild - share
our space. In the US   the likelihood of having a vehicle collide
with a large animal more than doubles during the months of October, November,
and December, according to claims data.


As with the States we know there is an increased risk of collision with
animals around dawn and dusk, and in the case of wild animals also during the
breeding season. Drivers however, should be engaged, alert and on the lookout
at all times because one  never knows when one may need to react to an
animal, pedestrian or cyclist  or any other hazard  that may suddenly
be in the path.


MasterDrive offers this advice to drivers in regions with animal
populations:


>       
Slow down, particularly at dusk and dawn.


>       
If you see one animal, be prepared for more to cross the road.


>       
Pay attention to animal crossing signs – however remote the possibility,
remain on the alert.


>       
Always buckle up, every trip, every time.


>       
Use your high beams to see farther, except when there is oncoming
traffic.


>       
If there is an animal in the road brake if you can, but avoid swerving,
which could result in a more severe crash.


>       
Remain focused on the road, scanning for all hazards, but especially
animals where signs are posted warning of same.


>       
Avoid distractions, such as devices or eating, which might cause
you to miss seeing an animal.


>       
If riding a motorcycle, always wear protective gear and keep your focus
on the road ahead.


Till Next Time - Drive Safe, Drive Alert and pay attention to the road
signs.


Eugene Herbert


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