A Delta County truck driver had a rude awakening Monday while traveling down the road - a bull moose ran into his vehicle.
The semi tractor-trailer was on St. Nicholas Road north of Perkins when the crash occurred, and luckily the 73-year-old man wasn't injured.
He was lucky he was in a big truck and the moose ran into the side of the vehicle.
However, the episode serves as a good reminder that the Upper Peninsula moose herd, as well as whitetail deer, are becoming more active as fall arrives.
Drivers need to be aware of this and be extra cautious while traveling the highways and byways of the U.P.
Moose can do considerable harm to a motor vehicle and the occupants in the event of a collision, although the chances of hitting a moose are relatively slim due to the small size of the U.P. herd.
Whitetails, on the other hand, are at a high population level in the region, thanks to three mild winters in a row, and motorists must keep an eye out for deer.
The Michigan State Police report there are more than 60,000 deer-vehicle crashes in the state annually, and about 80 percent of them occur on two-lane roads between dusk and dawn. In 2010, those accidents resulted in nearly 1,500 people being injured and 11 killed.
To assist motorists in avoiding car-deer accidents and to fare better if a collision is unavoidable, the state police offer the following tips:
If a crash is unavoidable:
And, as always, police remind motorists to fasten their safety belts, not just because it's the law but the safety belt is a motorist's best defense in the event of a crash.