Be aware of kudu and warthog next to roads

2017-06-29 06:01
Fernandes van Zyl, Bridgestone Sales Specialist.Photo:SUPPLIED

Fernandes van Zyl, Bridgestone Sales Specialist.Photo:SUPPLIED

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Motorists travelling on the R75 towards Kirkwood should be aware of kudu and warthog crossing the road.

Owing to the drought, wart-hogs are a familiar sight grazing in the green grass next to the tarred road.

Kudu easily jump fences and criss-cross roads, especially during this time of the year as it is hunting season.

Fernandes van Zyl, Bridgestone Sales Specialist has the following tips for road users in areas with wild antelope:

  • While warthog and kudu cross the road in broad daylight, motorists should note that antelope are especially skittish at night, owing to the blinding headlights. Therefore try not to use the bright lights as kudus normally follow the light.
  • Do not exceed the speed limit and rather drive at a safe speed that you know you will be able to handle the vehicle in case a kudu or warthog crosses the road.
  • Know your vehicle, its handling and braking abilities. When it is needed to break, keep your steering wheel straight to avoid a collision with oncoming traffic.
  • When you see kudu next to the road, keep driving at a steady pace and keep your eyes on the animal, either till it heads off into the bushes or when it crosses the road and allow enough space for it to do so.
  • Remember it is a wild animal and they do roam, so respect them in their natural habitat. Roads were built where they once used to roam.
  • There are various whistles and bells to fix to a vehicle to “chase away” kudus. But there is no proven guarantee that these gimmicks are effective.
  • Be observant of the environment you drive through. Remember kudus are gregarious and the herds they form are usually about four animals, although they may number up to twelve. So if you see one, there might be more.
  • Always wear your safety belt and keep a safe following distance.
  • Drive responsibly and enjoy the ride.

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