Before you head off to your next destination, it helps to check traffic, road and weather conditions along the way. Use these links to get the information you need for a safe trip.
On average, there are 9,900 crashes involving animals each year throughout B.C. Here's what you can do when you travel in areas where wildlife may be present:
Watch for wildlife warning signs—they're posted where animals are most likely to be on the road.
Slow down and use caution when you see wildlife on or near a highway, so you have time to react if it crosses your path.
Be very alert at dusk or dawn. That's when animals are most likely to be on the road.
Spring and fall are also times when you're likely to see animals on the road. Animals may be feeding on roadside plants in spring, and many are on the move during the fall.
Many animals travel in groups. If you see one animal on the road, slow down—more may be following.
If you can't stop in time to avoid striking an animal:
Try to maintain control of your vehicle, brake firmly and steer to strike the animal at an angle. Let up on the brake pedal just before hitting the animal. This will cause the front of your vehicle to rise and reduce the chance that the animal will come through the windshield.
Report dead or injured animals on the road to the local RCMP or the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277. Don't approach the animal yourself—it could be dangerous.