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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 17:34
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Horrible automobile collision with moose in central Saskatchewan

Moose goes through car windshield, but driver survives - Saskatchewan - CBC News
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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 17:52
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Lucky escape there. What does moose taste like I wonder, chocolate or strawberry?


I understand the pillars each side of the windscreen in SAAB 900s were reinforced after a SAAB director was killed in a similar incident with an elk.
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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 18:40
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"It was an older car with a sturdier frame than the newer ones," he added.
The frame has very little to do with it, as mentioned above it is primarily the strength of the windscreen pillars, screen and roof.

In this part of the world, over 50% of fatal car crashes now involve a collision with an animal, usually a moose but also bear. An ex-colleague still holds the regional 'record' which involved his new truck and a 700-lb black bear. Both RIP (truck and bear, not colleague . I understand the bear also failed to provide proof of insurance.

Moose are practically invisible on unlit highways at night, until you are too close to avoid them. They are no fools either, why push through deep snow and dense bush when mankind provides such nicely cleared pathways to follow???

And it happens far closer to home than people might imagine. One recent accident occurred at around 50kmh with a moose on a well-lit suburban road, the moose came up out of a ditch, was struck by the car and went straight through the front windscreen and out the back window, killing the young mother driving, but miraculously passing right over her baby strapped into the baby-seat behind her.
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Why don't they use cow catchers like on a steamtrain engine or maybe even those thingies they welded to tanks to get through the hedgerows in France. That way they could at least make sure the moose missed the windshield.
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Happened to me on this Sunday at 5am on an unlit dual lane highway with an adult female deer. Just saw it in the headlights as it was crossing left-right in my lane, possibly lame, as it was walking prretty slow. Luckily the road was dry and the car is pretty agile so I swerved with a bit of fishtailing, a lot of swearing and the need for some new undies.

If it had been snowy/icy I'm not sure what would have been the best option, take my chances and slam it, or try and avoid and probably lose control and come off the road?
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Roo bars like in Oz . . .

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why the wire mesh on the bars, is that to keep out the flies?
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why the wire mesh on the bars, is that to keep out the flies?
There are a lot of large butterflies and moths, which 'splat' onto the windscreen if not 'screened'.
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What was a Chocolate dessert doing in the middle of the road ?
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The problem for moose and drivers are that moose are so high and half of that height is all leg. Car hits the legs primarily leaving the enormous body mass with only one place to go - through the windshield. Bull bars don't help.


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Lots of deer out here. You learn where they like to hang out and keep your eyes open - or you collect them

I find the fog lights help in spotting them. Also deer around town get to be traffic wise courtesy Darwin

Then there's sheep, elk, coyotes, moose and the odd cow munching on the other side of the fence.

Grouse will just sit there as you blast past.

I'm looking at a Swainson's hawk that flew into my wingtip in the landing flare. Someday I may donate it to my glider club as a lookout trophy
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Roo bars are intended for animals like roos, whose mass is concentrated at roo bar height, but there's not much point protecting the front of a car from a moose's knees if 80% of the moose lands in the driver's lap.
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Driving round Richmond Park a couple of years ago on my way somewhere and going downhill touched 27 or 28 mph when I saw lights flashing and a Parks Police vehicle approaching from behind at some speed.


I pulled over and the copper banged on my window, so I rolled it down. "You were going like a bat out of hell!" he shouted angrily. "Imagine if you had hit a deer, and the damage it would have caused you and your car!" There were no deer around at the time. I decided to suck it up, and apologized meekly...


Even so, whenever I think about it, the whole incident still leaves me puzzled.


 
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Originally Posted by meadowrun View Post
The problem for moose and drivers are that moose are so high and half of that height is all leg. Car hits the legs primarily leaving the enormous body mass with only one place to go - through the windshield. Bull bars don't help.


That's just a baby one right !!!!!

Hell kill one of them and could feed a group of illegal immigrants for a month.

I'd be more worried if it decides to take a dump on the road.
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You don't want to hit a moose in Parc des Laurentides. When I lived near Chicoutimi they charged you with something and sent you a bill for the moose.

Last time I drove through Michigan on I69 we must have counted more than 50 deer dead on the road.

After an excellent landing etc...
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What sort of numptie leaves 200lb of fresh venison lying by the side of the road?
It may not pay to fix the damage to your car but it sure will fill the freezer for a month or two.
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We get 3 fatals a year in moose collisions on a stretch of road near me. At night, I pull over and wait for another vehicle to pass, then follow that.
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We get 3 fatals a year in moose collisions on a stretch of road near me. At night, I pull over and wait for another vehicle to pass, then follow that.
Some day the moose will do the same
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"If it had been snowy/icy I'm not sure what would have been the best option, take my chances and slam it, or try and avoid and probably lose control and come off the road?" my motorcycle training is to stay off the brakes and hit the animal, try and go thru it. no swerve as no idea where animal will go. rule of thumb: my life is worth more than the animals.
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In our fire department, if you claimed that a deer was the cause of an accident, there had better be deer parts in the grill.
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