As the seasons begin to change, it’s a great time for a refresher on a few important safety tips. With cooler/damper weather arriving during the daylight hours, many types of wildlife will start to travel across roadways. While animal strikes are more likely to happen this time of year, there are some preventative measures we can take to reduce these incidents.
Joshua Brannon, Regional EHS Manager for Hugg & Hall Equipment Co., has provided a list of tips/tricks on how to lower the chances of accidents and encounters with wildlife.
Saftety Tips & Tricks
- During early to mid morning hours deer and other animals will be active and crossing roadways.
- Late afternoon can also be a high-risk time of day in which animals cross roadways.
- As hunting season begins, deer and other animals are forced out of their natural habitat and towards roadways and heavily populated areas.
- If you are traveling a known route where deer are often present or deer crossing signage is posted- slow down, be observant, and DO NOT SWERVE if an animal runs in front of the vehicle. Attempting to swerve to miss the animal is more dangerous and could cause collisions with other drivers.
- In any time of adverse weather conditions (wet, rain, snow, sleet, ice, etc.) you should increase your following distance twice the normal distance. This would be approximately four car links from the car in front of you.
- The time change during Daylight Savings can result in driver fatigue, plan accordingly and get plenty of rest.
Even if you do not drive a company vehicle, travel to and from work can still be affected by weather conditions and striking wildlife. Incorporating the above information into your daily drives can make for safer roadways!