So here are some tips to help you avoid a collision with an animal and how to prepare for impact if the collision is unavoidable. Number 1: Reduce your speed and use caution in areas with wildlife warning signs or animal crossing signs. Number 2: Be careful at dawn and dusk when animals are most active. Number 3: Using the high beams of your headlights whenever possible. It will enable you to see animals sooner. Sometimes, an animal’s eyes will reflect the light. Number 4: Slowing down if you see an animal on the roadway — animal behaviour can be unpredictable and they sometimes travel in groups. Number 5: Honk in a series of short bursts to encourage the animal to leave the area. Be prepared to stop. Now Moose are more difficult to see at night since their coats are dark in colour and their eyes are higher than most headlight beams, so there is no reflected eye shine to alert drivers of their presence. Number 6: If a collision is imminent, here’s what should happen, before you even think about applying the brakes, check your rear view mirror to see who is behind you. Right? You don’t want to slam your brakes for a rabbit only to be rear-ended by a truck. It doesn’t make sense. So here are some things to consider. We don’t stop for birds, squirrels, cats, dogs, skunks, any other type of small animal. Why? Because they will move and we need to remain predictable on the road. The car behind us is not expecting us to slam on the brakes. For large animals such as deer or moose, we want to angle our car slightly away from them so that they can deflect off the side of the car. We want to brake but take your foot off the brake just before impact so the front of the car comes back up. I hope you have found this video useful. If you did, feel free to comment, like, and subscribe to our videos on youtube. In addition, we offer an online video training course on our website at www.zula.ca. Be sure to check it out. I hope to see you in another video soon.