Animal awareness on the roads

Posted by: Cal on 11/04/2013

Category: General

At this time of year, it is particularly important to be aware of the dangers posed by animals on the road.

Animal movements can increase as temperatures cool heading into autumn and winter, and also following big storms.

Indeed, at any time of year they can make an appearance - usually at dusk - in search of water or grass next to roadways.

At these times, it is important to be extra aware of your surroundings while driving.

If you see any signs warning of animals in the area, make sure you slow down and stay alert.

Hopefully, this should give you enough time to spot animals close to the road and give them the room they need.

If an animal appears suddenly in front of you on the road, try to avoid swerving to miss it unless you are certain it is safe to do so.

By swerving you risk leaving the roadway or colliding with other motorists or stationary objects.

Instead, try to brake in a straight line. You may be unable to avoid hitting the animal, but you should at least be able to reduce the damage to your vehicle.

If you do hit an animal and injure it, or otherwise find an animal that is in need, you can help by contacting your local wildlife rescue group or state RSPCA shelter.

It is important to do regular tyre safety checks to ensure your tyres are ready for the unexpected.

Check your tread is sufficient, your tyres are in good general condition and that you have the correct air pressure in each of them.