A moose's body structure, with a large heavy body suspended on long spindly legs, makes these animals particularly dangerous when hit by passenger cars
with low ground clearances. Generally, when colliding with a moose at high speed, the car's bumper and front grille will break the moose's legs, causing the body of the moose to fall onto the car's hood and delivering the bulk of the animal's weight into the windshield
, crushing the front roof support beams and anyone in the front seats.
Collisions of this type are frequently lethal; seatbelts
offer no protection, and airbags
may not deploy or be of much use if they do.
Although vehicles with higher clearances (such as trucks) are typically immune from this effect, the force of striking any 270+ kg (600+ pound) object at high speed should not be underestimated. These risks led to the development of a vehicle test referred to as the "moose test
In Newfoundland and Labrador
, it is recommended to motorists to use caution between dusk and dawn, because that is when moose are most active and most difficult to see, increasing the risk of collisions.
Local moose sightings are often reported on radio stations so that motorists can take care while driving in particular areas.
It's true, on my preferred station they will update immediately with a moose sighting.