Modern automobiles are quite amazing. Computerized everything, GPS, less pollution, more power from smaller engines, incredible reliability, and comfort and amenities galore.
I propose one more gadget: some kind of day-and-night vision critter radar. With all of this great technology there still isn’t any way to keep deer off the roads, so I want a gadget that will detect the darn things before I flatten them. Twice this year already I’ve hit deer. The first one was just a nudge, and I hope the fool critter learned a lesson. But the second one was pancaked- 6500 pounds of diesel pickup at 45mph is unforgiving. (At least it was quick, a small mercy.)
Folks out here know to watch out for deer. During the fall hunting season, and early spring when they’re coming down out of the hills to eat the new grass we’re on high alert. We know they’re going to be crossing the highway. But no matter how careful we are, some collisions are unavoidable. It feels awful to hurt or kill a deer this way.
So what do you think, geeks and gurus? Would some kind of critter radar, especially something that works at night and in bad weather, be practical? You can buy a fish- and depth-finder for boats for under $100, why not something similar for land animals? It would sure save a lot of heartache.
Anyone thinking of suggesting those little sonic deer-repellers that mount on the front of your vehicle, nice thought. Unfortunately they don’t work.
This inspires another thought- if natural selection really works, shouldn’t all wild animals be vehicle-savvy by now? Haven’t the dummies been killed off before reproducing?
Would some kind of critter radar for vehicles, something that works day and night and in bad weather, be practical?