Sharing the road

Raccoon-Road-CommonsIt’s finally here – the last long weekend before the world starts spinning again. In Canada, this of course means one final trip to the cottage. The powers-that-be are reminding you to not drink and drive and avoid distractions (both important). But we want to remind you of one other thing: you’re not the only one on the road.

Nearly every four-legged species (furred or otherwise) use roadways. The unfortunate reality of human infrastructure is that it creates divides between natural areas. Most non-human animals cross a road the same way they would a field – from point A to point B. It’s up to drivers to do what they can to prevent accidents.

A few simple tips can help make a difference and save lives while you’re travelling this weekend:

Look down – we’re taught to look straight out when driving, so we’ll see other cars and pedestrians. Look down at the side of the road as you drive and you’ll be more likely to see an animal getting closer.

Watch your speed – it sounds like common sense, but by keeping within the set speed limit and providing space between your vehicle and the one ahead of you, there is a greater chance you’ll be able to slow, move or stop prior to a collision of any kind.

Where there’s one – if you see a cat, raccoon or other small animal run out into the road, slow down and look behind it. It’s not uncommon for them to run without looking when they’re being chased or chasing another animal. Animals like raccoons will also travel single file with their young.

Read signs – though they aren’t as prevalent as we’d like, road signs often indicate common crossing grounds for wildlife. Keep an eye out for them so you can be prepared.

Have a good, safe long weekend, everyone!

PS – send us your long weekend wildlife photos at fbd@thefurbearers.com and we may use them in future blogs or campaigns!

Photo by Korall/Commons

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