Deer and Moose Crossings on the Rise as Leaves Fall
Fall is the picturesque time of year when Mother Nature paints a palette of reds, oranges and yellows for us all to admire; it’s easy to get caught up in the beauty of it all. It is important to keep in mind, however, that the season of falling leaves also brings a substantial rise in deer crossings.
In Canada, approximately 60,000 auto insurance claims involving deer strikes are reported annually, according to various estimates from insurers. This translates into upwards of $400 million in claims, as reported by Canwest News Service, while many other deer-related collisions go unrecorded.
New Brunswick drivers have an even bigger concern on their hands: moose. These 450 kg mammals are involved in roughly 300 motor vehicle collisions annually in the province.
To reduce your risk of colliding with a deer or moose, follow these tips:
- Watch for deer/moose crossing signs, which indicate a heightened population of these animals, and reduce your speed in these areas.
- Stay alert and scan the sides of the road. If you have a passenger in the car, get them to keep an eye on the sides of the road too.
- Slow down at night. Most animal-related collisions happen between dusk and dawn, when visibility is reduced.
- Keep your windshield clean and use your high beams whenever possible at night.
More information on how to avoid moose on New Brunswick’s highways: Think Moose.