Stop Wildlife Collisions In Their Tracks

From St. John’s to Victoria, Canada is certainly known for its unique and picturesque landscapes. We are one of a handful of countries where people and wild animals live side by side, usually quite peacefully. However, when those people are behind the wheel of a car, that relationship gets a bit trickier.

Wildlife collisions are a real worry for Canadian drivers, particularly between May and June, when wildlife collisions are most frequent. The most costly result of these collisions is injury or even death of both the wildlife and the driver. They’re more common than you’d think – a report from Transport Canada found that between four to eight large animal vehicle collisions take place every hour in Canada.

“Most people, especially those in regions with a mix of urban and rural areas, need to be more aware of animal collisions,” says insurance and claims expert Mauro Convertini from Aviva Canada. “It’s important that drivers know the risks and act responsibly behind the wheel to try to prevent these accidents.”

Convertini offers these tips to reduce your chances of being involved in a wildlife collision:

• Read the signs and watch the road: Those yellow signs with the prancing deer are erected to warn drivers to slow down and be more aware, especially at night.

• Stay in control: Never swerve abruptly – hitting a tree or moving into oncoming traffic can result in significant more harm than hitting the animal. Brake firmly if an animal is standing on, or crossing, the road.

• React: If you can’t avoid striking the large animal, be ready to duck inside your car. Big animals – well in access of 100 kilos can come through your windshield and cause severe injuries.

• Control your travel times: If you can, avoid driving during twilight or sunrise, when collisions are more common.

More information is available from your insurance broker or online at  

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