Accidents With Animals On The Road. No matter where you live, you’re going to encounter an animal on the road at some point in time. It’s best that you know how to handle a situation like that. Read on so that you’ll have a good idea of what to do if you’re on a collision course with an animal. Rural and urban human populations have risen and so has development that is related to that. This in turn has displaced wildlife habitats and caused them to travel further and further into residential areas or nearer to the highways and main roads. AA (animal/auto) collisions are clearly on the rise and they are especially prevalent during the months of June, July and August, although they can happen at any time of the year. They usually occur on two-lane undivided highways, but they can happen anywhere. In these accidents, human fatalities are pretty rare, so most times persons sustain injuries. Animal deaths and vehicle damage, on the other hand, are usually the case in most of these accidents. Be aware of your surroundings. Know that there is always the possibility of some sort of wildlife around the road. Try to slow down if you spot an animal on the road, because sudden swerves to avoid the impact can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. If your only option is collision, this may be much worse, especially because your airbags may not set off. They are unlikely to set off because of the relatively light animal mass on impact. Also, the animal may end up on your hood, cracking your windshield if your vehicle has a low front profile. Collisions with smaller animals can cause damage too. They can “damage undercarriage components such as brake and fuel lines, sensor wiring, exhaust pipes, light suspension parts and more.” Make sure you do a check on your vehicle before you continue driving. If you’ve encountered a detrimental collision, with a larger animal, you should follow the normal safety rules for such. Move your vehicle to safety. Give first-aid to passengers if necessary Use flashers to warn oncoming traffic of the accident. Stay away from the animal, even if it looks dead! “Autonomous muscle movement can cause a leg to strike out with sufficient force to injure. Resist the emotional urge to dispatch a suffering animal.” Contact emergency services, immediately. If you have had the misfortune of collided with an animal or anything else, you know who the right people to call are – us! If you are in Ottawa and you need help providing the best care and getting the best performance from your vehicle, you can give us a call. If you need our services in battery boosting, tire changes, oil changes, mobile car repairs or more, then give us a call to book your mobile vehicle services today. We also repair and tune-up small engines such as lawn mowers and snow blowers. The best part is that we can come to you! So, you don’t have to wait in line anymore or travel back and forth to fix your vehicles and small engine equipment. Call now!