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Avoiding wildlife on the road

The wildlife in Florida is incredible. The relatively warm climate allows for great diversity in the state, giving residents the chance to see a wide range of animals.

Perhaps the only thing more unpredictable than other drivers on the road is Florida wildlife. Unfortunately, animals cross the road, which can lead to terrible collisions leaving both drivers and wildlife with significant injuries.

Here’s what you can do to prevent or minimize injury when you see animals on the road.

Watch the eyes

Driving at night is already challenging. When an animal tries to cross the road under cover of darkness, it is more difficult to spot them.

As you drive, it is difficult to see the entire animal in the dark. Instead, watch for the reflection of your headlights in their eyes. If you notice an animal on the side of the road that could leap in front of you, flash your high beams to encourage the animal to move along.

When you know a collision is coming

Sometimes an animal runs into the road, and you know it is inevitable that you will collide. In this situation, the best option is to reduce the damages.

First, slow down as quickly as possible. The slower you are going at the time of impact, the more you can reduce potential injuries.

Just as important, stay in your lane and do not try to swerve. Trying to maneuver around the animal is more likely to send your vehicle out of control. It could also involve more vehicles and people in the collision.

It is not always possible to completely avoid wildlife on the road. Still, by staying alert to your surroundings, you can reduce your chance of injury and damage to your vehicle.

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