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Cautious Driving in Wildlife Crossings

Not all animals look both ways before crossing the street.

Drivers need to take extra precautions to avoid collisions during the fall due to increased animal activity.

If you find yourself in an area with frequent wildlife crossings throughout October and November, take a look at the tips below to stay safe and proactive on the road.

  • Expect the unexpected! Animals can react in surprising ways when faced with an oncoming vehicle.
  • Slow down when you see wildlife crossing signs, especially at dusk and dawn.
  • Watch the roadside carefully in areas with tall grasses or brush. Animals are experts at hiding and camouflage.
  • If you do cross an animal, dim your headlights. Brights may cause an animal to stop and freeze in the middle of the road.
  • Honk your horn to scare the animal away, but don’t get out of your vehicle.
  • Avoid hard swerving – you may lose control or crash into another vehicle.
  • If you do hit an animal, don’t touch it! It may react out of fear and hurt you. Instead, move your car off the road (if possible) and call the police.

For more information on avoiding collisions with wildlife, see MPI’s wildlife resources.