While there are ways the provinces are participating to reduce vehicle and animal collisions, as a driver you will want to ensure to take extra precautions to avoid animals.
In 2013 Alberta.ca published an article with stats on collisions and found that almost 20% happen in the month of November.
– There were 14,036 animal collisions in 2012.
– Last year, 54 per cent of crashes on rural highways in Alberta involved an animal.
– One-third of all animal-involved collisions occurred between 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Studies in British Columbia found:
An Average Year
Past wildlife vehicle collision records demonstrate that in a typical year in BC it is estimated that:
– 5 people are killed
– 450 motorists are injured
– $700,000 is spent by the Ministry of Transportation for highway clean-up
– 6,100 animals are recorded as killed
– 18,300 animal deaths go unrecorded
All figures are mathematical averages, obtained from past records of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation.
Following these steps will help keep you safe on the roads:
- Watch for wildlife warning road signs. Reduce your speeds in these areas. The signs are there because this is a regular crossing for wildlife.
- Be extra vigilant when it is dawn (5am-7am) and dusk (5pm-11pm). Wildlife tend to be more active at these times as well it is more difficult to see because light levels are low.
- Reduce your speeds and stay alert. Slow down if you see any wildlife and pass by them carefully.
- If an animal does not move out of the way, stay in control and break firmly. Do not swerve suddenly- this could cause your vehicle to veer out of control.
- Drive defensively – be aware of your surroundings, look for signs of wildlife (e.g., lights reflecting off animal’s eyes and movement on or alongside of the road).
- Animals typically travel in groups, so if there is one, there are likely more around.
Days are getting shorter and November is coming fast. Be vigilant and stay safe on the roads this winter season.