It seems like every road trip there’s always an animal you have to slow down for.

Brian Smiley, MPI media relations coordinator, says there are a number of defensive actions motorists can take to avoid a collision in the first place. Expect the animal to run in front of you, ask your passenger to look for animals, watch out for eye glare, and be prepared to stop.

Smiley says if contact is unavoidable, stay calm, apply the brakes, hold the steering wheel with both hands, and don’t swerve. You’ll be driving through the animal but in some cases when people swerve, they drive into oncoming traffic and cause a fatal collision.

Wildlife is more active during the dawn and dusk hours.

65-70 per cent of the 11 thousand wildlife collisions yearly in Manitoba involve deer.