Friday, February 21, 2014

Tired of hitting deer? Frustrated by constantly swerving out of the path of an oncoming deer? Reflective Paint!

White knuckle driving through wooded Wisconsin country sides at night may be a thing of the past if we pick up on this great idea coming out of Finland:
Smithsonian: The Finnish Reindeer Herders Association is testing out a new way to make the large mammals more visible to drivers: reflective paint.

The idea is to spray the antlers of reindeer with reflective paint that reflects motorists’ headlights. "The aim is to prevent traffic accidents. The spray is being tested on fur at the moment, but it may be even more effective on the antlers, because they are seen from every side," Anne Ollila, chairwoman of the Reindeer Herders Association, told the Finnish news source YLE.

According to the Finnish paper Helsinging Sanomat, most collisions occur in November and December when the roads are icy and it gets dark earlier. July and August are also bad months, as the mosquitos “keep the deer on the move.”

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