Scan the Sides
- Ask your passenger to help you watch for moose and other animals.
Stay a Safe Driver
- Avoid driver distractions.
- Keep to the speed limit and slow down at night.
- Keep your windshield clean and your headlights adjusted.
- Use high beams whenever possible.
- A moose’s dark coat makes it hard to see.
- Warning signs mark high-risk areas for moose collisions.
- Moose are unpredictable.
- Do not get out of your vehicle.
Scan the sides. Be Alert. Be Safe.
This year, roughly 400 New Brunswickers will collide with a moose. Most of these crashes will happen between dusk and dawn when visibility is reduced and moose are hardest to see.
More people are injured or killed in moose-vehicle collisions in New Brunswick than in crashes with any other animal. In a car crash, a moose is knocked off its thin legs. The moose falls on top of the car and its 450 kg (1,100 lb) weight crushes the passenger compartment.
Most of these accidents happen between May and October when moose leave the woods to escape the flies and heat and feed on vegetation in the ditches.
The Government of New Brunswick is working to reduce moose/vehicle collisions on New Brunswick highways though public awareness and erecting fences in hotspot areas for moose vehicle collisions. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure is also installing enhanced warning signs doing pro-active brush-cutting in hotspot areas that cannot be fenced.