What a surprise! They were just heading to my sister's house, not really in the boonies, but a bit rural. It was after dark- then BOOM! BAM! They hit a COW. They were okay, just shaken a bit, then called the police.
They called and told me the next day. Knowing they were okay, I had to ask about the cow. "Is the cow okay"?
I could just see my dad rolling his eyes. To make me feel better, he told me "I think he (or she) is going to be okay".
Driving to my sister's house would never be the same.
Really, it can happen anywhere. Check out the statics below.
NOW, TO HELP AVOID THE CRITTERS.................
1. Pay attention to shoulders. Even though wildlife may be off to the side as your car approaches, animals may suddenly attempt to flee by inexplicably leaping into the road. (Jackrabbits are particularly suicidal!) Slow as you approach, and don't hesitate to hit the horn. At night, look for reflecting eyes.
2. Headlights have an illumination range of 200 to 250 feet. To allow for sufficient brake time, reduce your speed to 45 mph at night―or even down to 30 mph when roads are icy. Use your high beams to see farther, except of course when there is oncoming traffic or in fog.
3. In a 3 lane situation, when it is not impeding other traffic, drive in the middle lane to provide more distance from the ditch.
4. Keep in mind that deer, elk, and antelope wander in groups. If you see one crossing, slow to a crawl. More are bound to follow.
5. To swerve-or-not-to-swerve dilemma, experts advise not swerving. You can suffer more ghastly consequences from an oncoming car than from a leaping mule deer or skittering antelope. It is best to put on the brakes, honk your horn; stop or slow down.
6. When passing yellow animal-crossing signs. Take heed, these warnings are posted because heavy animal traffic frequents the area and/or an accident has occurred.
7. Wildlife is most active during dusk, dawn, and night. Deer are most frequently hit during dusk and dawn, bears and moose at night.
8. Slow....... if you spy a moose. These gangly animals harbor a weird escape gene. Instead of leaping into forested cover, moose will gallop down the road ahead of you for long distances before finally veering into the woods.
If You Do Hit An Animal, Now What?.....................
We all hope for the best, that you are okay, the animal is not suffering, and your car has minimal damage.
Next..............Take a DEEP Breath And....
Please Share if you know someone who will be traveling soon! What experiences have you had on the road with Wildlife? Please comment below.