Government of Newfoundland & Labrador
Moose Vehicle Awareness
As long as there are moose in Newfoundland, they will be found on the highway. Data show that even in areas with very low moose density, moose are still attracted to roadways and can pose a hazard to drivers
Whistles, reflectors, and odor repellents to frighten big game from passing vehicles or keep them from roadsides have been tested in North America and Europe; so far none have proven to be effective or economically feasible.
Care and attention when driving remain your best defense against a moose-vehicle accident.
Avoiding Moose Accidents
Slow down when driving at night. This will allow you more time to respond to a moose on or near the highway.
Pay attention to Warning Signs; they mark High-Risk areas. These signs were placed along the roadways for you! Slow down and watch for moose.
Scan both sides of the road ahead as far as possible, especially when you are in a posted High-Risk accident zone.
The best way to avoid an accident is to spot the moose well in advance. Drivers report that in most accidents they did not see the moose until immediately before impact.
Moose on the right side of the vehicle is avoided more often than those on the left because drivers concentrate more on the right. Therefore, it important to scan both sides of the road.
Use extreme caution whenever you see an animal. No matter what it appears to be doing or how far it is from the road, slow down.
Moose are unpredictable. The moose you see standing calmly at the edge of the road could bolt in front of your vehicle at the last moment.
Don’t let yourself be distracted. A driver who is alone and concentrating on the road is less likely to strike a moose, than is a driver whose attention wanders while talking to a passenger.
Remember most accidents occur on clear nights and on straight road sections, maybe because drivers are more cautious on curves or in poor weather.
Keep your windshield and headlights clean.
Drive with your headlights on high beam unless approaching, or overtaking, other traffic.
Wear your seat belts. Seat belts save lives.