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.