Oh Deer! Driving Tips to Prevent Collisions with Wildlife

Wildlife are one of the top 10 contributing factors to crashes in BC. They’re involved in about 11,000 collisions reported to ICBC each year. That’s more than one every hour. Claims related to wildlife collisions cost an estimated $56,000.

This webinar, presented in collaboration with the Wildlife Collision Prevention Program and the BC Forest Safety Council, covers:

  • Practical tips drivers can apply to prevent collisions with wildlife
  • Why, when, and where these collisions tend to occur
  • The costs and consequences of crashes involving wildlife in BC

You can view short videos on key topics or the entire webinar. You can also download slides from the webinar and review some of the submitted questions and answers.


Videos on key topics

These videos cover some of the main points about preventing wildlife collisions. They run 4.5 to 7 minutes each. They are drawn from our Oh Deer! webinar and the Road Safety at Work library.

Prepare Yourself When Wildlife May be on the Road

Expecting the unexpected is the rule when driving around wildlife. Use these tips to prepare and plan for a trip, including what to do behind the wheel.

Presented by Rick Walters, Road Safety Program Manager for Road Safety at Work.

Tips for Avoiding Wildlife

Wildlife collisions can be prevented. Use these tips on steering and braking around animals to help reduce the risk.

Presented by Rick Walters, Road Safety Program Manager, and Angelina Robinson, Client Relationship Manager, for Road Safety at Work.

Tips for Spotting Wildlife

Animals can often be detected before they are seen on or near the road. Use these tips to spot the clues, and understand how wildlife may react to your vehicle.

Presented by Rick Walters, Road Safety Program Manager, and Angelina Robinson, Client Relationship Manager, for Road Safety at Work.

What to do if You Collide with Wildlife

Do you know the steps to take in a collision with an animal? Follow these tips to understand how to brace for impact, secure the scene, collect information, and report the crash.

Presented by Rick Walters, Road Safety Program Manager, and Angelina Robinson, Client Relationship Manager, for Road Safety at Work.

Wildlife Collision Statistics

Collisions with wildlife are common and costly in BC. Review these statistics to understand claims and other costs, the types of wildlife involved, and where the collisions occur.

Presented by Gayle Hesse of the Wildlife Collision Prevention Program.

Case Study: Avoiding Collisions With Wildlife

Organizations can create a wildlife avoidance system for their drivers. See how one BC company provides supervision, communication, and training and resources for its employees.

Presented by Gerard Messier of BC Forest Safety Council.


Full webinar video: Oh Deer! Preventing Wildlife Collisions

Wildlife are one of the top 10 contributing factors to crashes in BC. Learn when and where the risk is highest, and steps you can take to protect yourself.


Slides

You can download a PDF of the webinar slides. The file includes a page of links to some of the resources mentioned by the presenters.

DOWNLOAD SLIDES


Q & A

You can review some of the questions that were submitted for the webinar, as well as the answers provided by our experts.

Is honking recommended to help clear wildlife from the road?
What equipment is available to help detect wildlife and avoid collisions?
If I can’t avoid hitting an animal, should I accelerate so it launches over my vehicle to minimize the damage?
Do the peak times for wildlife vehicle collisions differ from northern BC to southern BC?
What should we do if we hit an animal and it blocks a lane on the highway?
What wildlife avoidance strategies can be used in an urban setting?

To get answers to your safety questions about driving around wildlife, contact us.


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