Wildlife can cause disruption in traffic and we have seen it happen numerous times in the past. In the latest incident from Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh, a massive python was crossing the road. Spotting the large snake, a state bus stopped on the highway and many other vehicles travelling stopped to give way to the reptile.
The incident happened on the Tirupati – Tirumala highway late at night. With the scarce traffic on the road, the snake was trying to cross the road. After the driver of the bus spotted the snake, he stopped the bus and allowed the snake to cross the road safely.
A lot of roads in India go through thick jungles and such incidents are quite common on these roads. That is why one should be extra careful and vigilant while driving on such roads.
There are many state and national highways and roads that pass through the middle of thick vegetation and forests. Many wild animals are forced to cross the roads, being unaware of the traffic and sense of the motorists on the road at that moment.
While some people do wait for the animals to cross the road, there are some people too who try to act smart by shooing those animals, which can turn them violent. In such a situation, it is better to maintain a safe distance and let the wild animal(s) cross the road without being disturbed.
Stay clear of wild and stray animals
It is important to always maintain the speed limit on the Indian roads to be safe. Even when the roads are empty, stray animals or cattle have unrestricted access to most of the roads, and they are highly unpredictable. Whenever any animal or cattle is spotted on the roads, the safest way is to reduce the speed and stop. Many times the animals change their mind at the last moment and can change the direction of their way.
Also, it is important to slow down when riding through populated areas on the highways. Most Indian highways cross through major cities, and that’s where most such incidents can happen. The cattle and livestock of the locals and villagers can come to the highway and hit the vehicles.
Animals may attack you
Recently, a video of three friends who got off the vehicle on a jungle road to relieve themselves. An elephant attacked them and chased their vehicles as well. A few years ago, a Rhino in Kaziranga, Assam attacked the cars.
Most animals are very calm and would not attack until provoked. One should never go dangerously close to wild animals as they are very unpredictable. If an animal feels threatened by humans, such attacks are inevitable.
This is why it is important to maintain distance from wild animals. Herds of wild elephants can often be spotted crossing the roads in the forests and national parks of India. One should just stop the vehicle and wait for the animals to cross the road without any disturbance.