Research Papers

Use of Driver Manuals to Communicate the Risk of Wildlife Hazards to New Drivers in Western Canada

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Category 2008–CMRSC-XVIII–Whistler
Tags Student Paper Award Winner
Author/Auteur Leonard E. Sielecki
Award/Prix Étudiant 2 Student

Abstract

Wildlife represent a significant natural hazard to motorists traveling on roads and highways in Western Canada. Large ungulates, such as deer, elk and moose, commonly found throughout rural areas in British Columbia and the Prairies, can be formidable obstacles to motor vehicles. Collisions involving large wild animals can lead to serious property damage, disabling human injuries and human deaths. The ability of motorists to deal effectively with wildlife hazards is dependent on driving skills, knowledge, experience and awareness of wildlife. As a consequence, new drivers are especially vulnerable to the threat of wildlife on roads and highways. A review of driver manuals published by the Western Canadian provinces illustrates the variation in information provided to new drivers with respect to the fundamental characteristics of wildlife hazards and basic motoring actions necessary to effectively reduce the likelihood of wildlife collisions. Recommendations are made to increase the amount of information presented to new drivers.

Leonard E. Sielecki