Alaska transportation and wildlife officials are cautioning Alaska drivers that the winter darkness and lack of snow have increased the risk of moose-car crashes. The Alaska Dispatch has reported on the story here. An Alaska transportation release quotes a state wildlife biologist as saying that without snow on the ground, “moose are harder to see, and people generally drive faster.”
The solution is defensive driving. Alaska drivers should do the following to avoid the increased risk of moose-car crashes:
- Slow down, especially during bad weather and at night.
- Pay attention to common indicators of moose crossing the road, such as flickering headlights in oncoming traffic
- Be alert in areas that are signed for moose crossing.
According to the most recent report from state transportation officials, moose-auto crashes make a significant amount of all car wrecks in Alaska, consisting of about five percent of all wrecks in 2010.
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