Safety Services Newfoundland and Labrador is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of injury and fatality. Our contacts at Safety Services provided Ches Crosbie Barristers with these 11 moose alert driving tips for our website. Follow these driving tips to help prevent a moose accident on Newfoundland highways:
1. Reduce your speed to give you more time to recognize dangers and respond appropriately.
2. Reduce your speed to practice defensive driving. This is the most effective defensive driving strategy.
3. Be aware that night driving is the most dangerous time to drive due to low visibility and the night movement of moose. When possible, avoid driving after dark. If you must, use extreme caution. Maintain good headlights and a clear windshield.
4. Pay attention to moose warning traffic signs, radio warnings, and the actions of other drivers.
5. Constantly scan the roadway and road shoulders for signs of moose.
6. At the first sign of a moose, slow down. You can never predict a moose’s actions.
7. Always wear your seat belt. This keeps you inside your vehicle where you are safest in an accident.
8. Never drive while distracted by passengers, a cell phone, or other electronic devices. Distractions can cause you to miss the signs of moose or make other fatal errors.
9. Keep your vehicle in top mechanical condition.
10. Never drink and drive. Impairment greatly decreases your chances of reacting appropriately in a potential moose-vehicle accident.
As you've seen, the first three tips are about reducing your speed. This is very important, but it's also important to know that you can't always see a moose before you're in an accident. That's why it's wise to avoid driving after dark.
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a moose accident, visit our FAQ section, fill out a web form, or call Ches Crosbie Barristers to find out whether you're eligible for inculusion in the Moose Vehicle Class Action.
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