Would you run over a squirrel on the road or slam on your brakes??

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    Nov 12, 2013 10:20 PM GMT
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  • Paperless_Pen

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    Nov 12, 2013 10:21 PM GMT
    I would beep my horn.
  • PR_GMR

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    Nov 12, 2013 10:23 PM GMT
    Squirrel will be dead.. 'cause I would just keep on going.
  • dunnox

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    Nov 12, 2013 10:25 PM GMT
    Floor the breaks, or swerve out of the way. If I see the damn thing coming, I would probably crash rather than run it over.
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    Nov 12, 2013 10:27 PM GMT
    dunnox saidFloor the breaks, or swerve out of the way. If I see the damn thing coming, I would probably crash rather than run it over.


    called natural selection...


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    Nov 12, 2013 10:54 PM GMT
    I avoid them, within reason. They most often attack me on a winding cliff road, and I am not about to die to avoid a squirrel. Damned kamikaze psycho rats anyway. They even try to throw themselves under the wheel of my bicycle. You would think that just through natural selection, whatever gene causes them to run into tires would be bred out. Which proves that it's an evil plot they have going.
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    Nov 12, 2013 10:55 PM GMT
    Swerve if I can but run over if I can't. Never have hit one so they are immortal.
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    Nov 12, 2013 10:56 PM GMT
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    Nov 12, 2013 11:00 PM GMT
    i ran over one many years ago. Rather them than risking lives. I have also hit a deer. They make a bigger noise… LOL. And leave one hell of a lot more damage.
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    Nov 12, 2013 11:19 PM GMT
    I would never run over a small animal. It's much too easy to turn the wheel.
    Is there any truth to the rumor that if you're forced into a situation where you must hit a deer, it's better to speed up than slow down?
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    Nov 12, 2013 11:20 PM GMT
    brake and avoid
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    Nov 12, 2013 11:25 PM GMT
    I would try not to run it over. But only if the conditions of the traffic and road permit it. But if I'm surrounded by other cars, then squish.

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    Nov 12, 2013 11:35 PM GMT
    ^ how can you harm an animal that is already dead??
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    Nov 12, 2013 11:35 PM GMT
    My uncle wrecked a car, avoiding a squirrel. My natural reaction would be to avoid the squirrel or brake -- assuming there isn't a car up my rear. I've waited, beeped, and would get out of my car to make animals get off the road/my block. If you consciously run over an animal it's murder, unless you plan on eating it -- even then, there are more humane ways to get food. On the other end of the spectrum I have family members that hunt.
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    Nov 12, 2013 11:39 PM GMT
    If possible, I'll brake to avoid. Unfortunately, bunnies and pheasants have an annoying tendency to dart right out in front of me from out of nowhere.
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    Nov 12, 2013 11:45 PM GMT
    everyones natural instinct is to avoid it, but thats what leads to serious injuries to humans, as one person mentioned. As for the deer, they just fly right out of nowhere.. seriously, most of the time you can't avoid them. I remember once skidding across 2 lanes ( in an effort to avoid hitting a deer and it was safe to do so) and this dumb buck kept running towards my truck like HE wanted me to hit him. Humans over animals is my motto!
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    Nov 12, 2013 11:50 PM GMT
    If conditions allow, I stop or swerve. But if that little schizo darts out and I have no reaction time, he's a goner. icon_cry.gif
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    Nov 12, 2013 11:56 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidThe question of the OP is "Would you run over a squirrel on the road or slam on your brakes??"

    David3000 said^ how can you harm an animal that is already dead??


    David means if it's dead how could you cause it harm.

    Maybe in squirrel heaven he would feel distress seeing his body mutilated by tire marks icon_eek.gif
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    Nov 12, 2013 11:56 PM GMT
    Are squirrels an endangered species where you guys live?

    In my neighborhood they outnumber all other lifeforms combined.

    NO, I will not wreck my car nor swerve into a walker to avoid the squirrel.
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    Nov 13, 2013 12:07 AM GMT
    ^^^^^^^
    There's no point in killing something if you don't have to. A mosquito on the other hand is a goner -- I am sensitive to bug bites and hate mosquitos. If it's outside fine, but not in the house nor the car. I will also chase bees in the house too. I should get a bug vacuum; the reviews say the suction is too weak, though. A dirt buster would probably be the same as a newspaper without the mess.
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    Nov 13, 2013 12:33 AM GMT
    I wouldn't hesitate running over a squirrel. If I had to slam on the breaks to avoid hitting a nimble squirrel that means I'd be driving at a speed that'd put people at risk if I pulled a sudden move like that. I wouldn't climb a tree, or ask anyone else to climb a tree, for a cat either. (They eventually come down.)

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    Nov 13, 2013 12:36 AM GMT
    PR_GMR saidSquirrel will be dead.. 'cause I would just keep on going.



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    Nov 13, 2013 1:10 AM GMT
    I usually stop and let them scurry off. Squirrels are cute.
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    Nov 13, 2013 1:53 AM GMT
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    PR_GMR saidSquirrel will be dead.. 'cause I would just keep on going.



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  • Manarii2281

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    Nov 13, 2013 9:46 AM GMT
    I was on the island of Vanua Levu in Fiji a few years back and hired a driver to take me touring for the afternoon (trust me, it was cheap). We were driving on a swervy road with moderate traffic and a dog got in the way of the car. He basically hit the dog without thinking and did not even stop. I have to admit I was horrified as I heard the dog cry out but i was a guest in their country and it's possible they didn't have the same feelings towards a stray dog like we might. And again it's possible he felt by swerving, he risked harm to him and his pax and he had a family to support and was not going to risk it for a dog. I dunno but I have heard several stories of people trying to avoid hitting a small raccoon, dog, cat and who have been harmed , even killed, in the process

    Interesting question. I don't think one can judge those who choose to protect self and pax and keep them out of harms way.