When we build highways and roadways in the middle of animals’ homes, they will sometimes need to cross. These animals risk their lives in search of food, water, shelter, and their companions. We have the Humane Society’s best advice to avoid these animals:
It is the best advice for most driving situations; slow down and follow the speed limits. You will have the time and space to react safely if an animal darts onto the road quickly. This is best for the animals and you, your car, and others around you.
Look out at dawn, dusk, and in the first few hours after darkness.
These are the times of day when it is hardest to see. Even big animals can be hard to see if you are not extra vigilant during these times.
Scan the road as you drive.
Watch the edges of the road for wildlife waiting to cross. Remember that if you see one animal trying to cross, there are often many following behind it.
Use your high beams and darker dashboard lights.
These light settings will help you see animals’ eyes being reflected in your headlights better, avoiding an accident.
Sometimes a collision is unavoidable.
When that happens, pull over. While you go through these following steps, remember to take some deep breaths; hitting an animal can be traumatic. Once you are safely off the road, check your passengers for damage—call 911 for you or any injured passengers in the accident. Never touch the animal. They may look harmless, but if they are hurt and scared, they can react unexpectedly. The police should contact the department that will handle the animal with the appropriate care needed.