Discussion Starter · #1 ·
First, I love dogs and have owned one or more for my entire adult life, and am never happy when dog/car encounters happen. My adult daughter came home for an extended Easter weekend visit. It was her first time seeing the new P car and was excited to drive it. We went on a 60 miles round trip through some nice two-lane country roads for about an hour. Half way through, a smallish (10-15 lb) dog darted onto the road in an attempt to chase us. My daughter managed to slow to about 30 mph before clipping the dog on the front right fender (LHD). The truck in back of us locked its brakes and oncoming traffic avoided us as well. Without going into gory details, the dog was injured and a neighbor returned it to its owners. The car was unscathed. My rules for engagement of smallish critters on the road are (in priority): self and passengers, car, critter. However, I would sacrifice the car to avoid a moose! It does take some commitment to run over smallish things rather than swerve to avoid them, but I've hit enough wildlife for it to become habit, unfortunately. Drive safely friends.