Just how much force hits your car when hitting a deer?

Driving in British Columbia can be a great way to relax. The long scenic routes of the Sea-to-Sky Highway offer beautiful scenery between Vancouver to Whistler. The Okanagan Connector connects the Okanagan Valley to the Coquihalla and can bring you to Peachland, Penticton, and Kelowna. While BC has great scenery all year round, taking a Sunday afternoon drive in the fall might be the best time of the year to do so.

However, with the changing seasons comes slippery road conditions as well as migrating animals like deer, moose, and others. In Canada, there is no shortage of moose and deer crossing signs on highways across the country. Although we may not have the same Rogue Deer warning signs that have been photographed in Alberta, the impact force of hitting a deer can be much higher than most drivers think.

In this infographic from ADAC, hitting a Red Deer head-on has the same impact force as five tons of weight which is equivalent to an adult elephant. Even hitting a wild boar has the impact force of 3.5 tons which is equivalent to hitting an adult rhinoceros. The numbers can be pretty shocking considering a car only needs to travel at 60 km/hour to generate this force.

So the next time you are out taking a drive, please be sure to heed those Deer Crossing signs.


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