Learn about the Wild Animals road sign.


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What does the "Wild Animals" road sign mean?

Wild animals are classed as animals living in an undomesticated state or in nature without guidance. Wild animals include deers, rabbits, bears, etc.

What does the "Wild Animals" sign mean?

The sign is used to advise motorists of the presence of wild animals close to or on the carriageway (road), which could create a hazard, and indicate what action they should take.

If there are any wild animals in sight, it's best to slow down and drive very carefully on motorways. If an animal crosses your path, slow down and steer well clear of it.

The sign exists for various reasons;

  • To prevent accidents, which could lead to the death of both animals and humans.
  • To avoid harming wild animals.
  • To avoid damaging cars, by damaging the car or running into roadside bushes and trees, especially at night.
  • To prevent panic among animals that may remain on the carriageway and cause damage to the car.
  • To protect plants, if wild animals are near the road.

How common is this sign? 

The sign is used in many areas across the UK, it is installed to prevent accidents on major road routes where animals may be present. You will see the sign on green routes. It is usually placed at points located close to where wild animals are likely to be sighted. In research done, 26% of wild animals die as a result of accidents on roads while others are becoming extinct. Much of this is a result of drivers being uneducated on what actions they should take. 

Where are you likely to see the "Wild Animals" sign?

  1. In rural areas 

The sign is used in rural areas that contain wildlife, such as game parks, national parks, and other areas that contain wild animals.

  1. Near residential areas 

The sign is located near residential areas where there is a high number of wild animals and people are likely to encounter wildlife.

  1. Near wildlife areas 

On these routes, you will notice the sign in different places along the road. The sign is used to indicate which side of the carriageway animals are present. 

  1. Along highly trafficked road routes 

The sign can be seen on highly trafficked road routes, where there are several cars per minute and the chance of encountering a wild animal is high. The route may include vehicle lanes and bus stops.

  1. On major road routes 

The sign can be used on major road routes where there is a high presence of deers. The route may include many points of interest, such as airports, mines, and national parks.

When did this sign first come into action?

The "wild animals" sign was first introduced in the UK in the 1960s when there was a high number of accidents where animals were involved. However, the sign was not common at the beginning, but it only appeared on on-road routes that contained many wildlife species. Since then, it has reduced the chance of accidents and increased the number of wildlife species.

In summary, the "wild animals" sign is very important for road users and drivers alike. One should always be cautious when driving in areas that contain wildlife, but with the sign, one can drive with a little more confidence. Let us be careful not to cause accidents.

Conclusion

Wild animals are classed as a variety of different animals, including deers, rabbits and bears. The sign was introduced back in the 1960s to help prevent incidents with the wildlife, which has proved successful recently. As the sign acts as a warning, drivers slow their speed to prevent the risk of a possible upcoming hazard. 


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