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I have found this article on my FB share and wanted to share it with my friends here as I felt it could be helpful for everyone commuting through the wild life or forest regions in India.

In order avoid as well as to safeguard ourselves and vehicles from animal encounters, here are a few codes to be followed by motorists.



1. Firstly, Do not stop when you see the wild life on the road.
2. Do not honk or flash your headlights or do anything that can irritate the larger animals like elephants could turn aggressive.
3. Keep a steady pace and over-speed when you see the wild life. Drive at speeds not exceeding 40 kmph through wild life areas, be ready to brake.



4. Stop at a safe distance if you see wild life on the road or about to cross the road.
5. Keep yourself ready to make a U-Turn in case the wild animal starts moving towards you.



6. Do not get out of the vehicle. If you have to do for any reason as you can't catch the sight of the leopards which hunt from hiding on the tree trunks.
7. Never stop at densely vegetated places or a place which could be a wild life "corridor" such as a culvert or a water body or a narrow section of the road.
8. Wild life encounters happens a lot on curves when you can't see the animal till you are round the curve. Exercise utmost caution when taking curves through wild life sanctuaries.



9. Do not break rules for timings through wild life sanctuaries.
10. Establish eye contact with oncoming vehicles to check if there is any wild life ahead.


Always scan the surroundings for any wild life threats. Please be kind to other road users. Be it human or animal.


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1 hour ago, kamal said:

Keep yourself ready to make a U-Turn in case the wild animal starts moving towards you.


While driving from Ooty to Coorg, We are the first car to come down after the forest (Bandhipur) gates are open (6AM).


We came across a herd of elephants, Out of excitement we stopped, turned off the engine and started clicking images. 

Soon a group of idiots pulled over and started shouting and honking. 


Few more joined, it was a mess. 

We had tough time to come out of that traffic. 


I highly doubt if we can escape if the elephants charge. 



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