Far worse than a dead skunk in the middle of the road: a live moose.

 

Warning: graphic picture

Warning: graphic picture

Nobody comes out well in one of these, as this Skowhegan moose and a Hundai driver learn.

Lt. Brian Scott, with Maine State Police, said there are ways to stay safe around moose on Maine roads. “Certainly, you want to be especially careful from dusk to dawn. That’s when moose and deer are going to be most active,” he told WMTW News 8’s Paul Merrill.

Scott said when a driver sees an animal in the road, the natural reaction is often to jerk the wheel to the side. But going off the side of the road can be even more dangerous than hitting the animal.

“If you find yourself in a situation where you absolutely cannot avoid contact with a moose, your best bet is to have a very hard application of the brakes. Slow down as much as you can. Just prior to impact with the moose, you want to let off the brakes, so the front of the vehicle will rise up slightly,” Scott said. Hitting a moose higher on its body could help you avoid having it fall into your windshield.

Scott said another tip for an unavoidable collision with an animal is to aim for its rear. That could help spin it around and away from your car.

My brother in law, “Cork” Wray, spent a career with the state DEP up in the Adirondacks and he told me that moose are not only coal-black, their eyes don’t reflect light, so drivers humming along a logging road at night have no friggin clue there’s a 1,500 lb obstacle in front of them until they slam into it. Ow.

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6 responses to “Far worse than a dead skunk in the middle of the road: a live moose.

  1. most of the mass of a moose is above the hood of all but largest SUVs, so the moose hits the windshield, with devastating results for the driver and passengers. most deer hit first on the grill, then fly over the roof.

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  3. Anonymous

    I have heard that a few years ago there was a woman from Maine who died in a collision with a moose while visiting in Connecticut.

  4. Riverslide

    I think I’d brake the whole way in, reducing the force of impact as much as possible, rather than letting up on the brakes to raise the front of the car an inch or two.

    But I don’t have to worry. I think I have an anti-moose sound producer embedded in my car somewhere. I’ve searched pretty hard around Maine and northern NH and never seen one.