Watching them as you drive by may be entertaining. However nobody would be laughing if they collide with the wildlife. The damages can be considerable to the vehicle and the creature would probably die. Even you do not hit them you can still end up in a ditch while trying to evade.
According to the US Department of Transportation, every year around two hundred people die due to accidents involving animals. God knows how many creatures are killed and how many incidents have happened while trying to avoid the imminent crash.
Comprehensive coverage is the portion pays for animal related damages rather than the collision coverage. This portion is optional unless it is required by the loan or lease company as a condition. This coverage can serve peace of mind in areas with known wildlife.
When roads are built wildlife may not be taken into account as much as the costs, travel distances and soil structure. Consequently they would cross paths in many areas. They may also be on the path of migrating. Some of them are known to be on the brink of extinction due to disturbance to their habitat.
They could be anything from turtles to wolves. Also the curves are obvious danger requiring extra attention. There are signs in most parts of the roads as to what type of beasts you may encounter. But we may come to forget about them as we see many signs and hardly come close to hitting one.
What to Do to Avoid Hitting the Wildlife?
State transport authorities are working on improving roads and signage. Some states are known to build safe passages in migration paths. These solutions help improve the welfare on both side. Also, drivers can take extra care as below.
Knowing your surroundings is a good sign of an efficient driver. Look out for the signs and read about the new destinations you are venturing. If you know what to look for it is easier to spot.
Always look out for them if there are signs and if you are aware of their existence. If you see one on the roadside there is a high chance there are a few more around.
Remember to buckle up and wear helmets (on bikes). These simple precautions can save lives. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about sixty percent of people died in accidents involving animals were not wearing seat belts or helmet. Even a minor shake up can be highly dangerous if you are not wearing seat belts (or helmet). Keep this in mind while having a good time on wide open countryside.