Drive Safe: Animals on the road

01/08/2020

It has been over 15 years since I have stepped behind the wheels of a car and wielded it to my magic. Just got back on the road again and it feels super great. I dare say largely therapeutic with the music playing in the background and the road ahead being my oyster to explore.

But candid life pictures of dead animals especially birds laid to waste meaninglessly on the side or centre of the road occasionally taints my thirst for a road adventure. Imagine if the saying of what goes around comes around is true in this case. I shudder even at the thought of it. But thank God it is not.

Nevertheless, I was not ready for the traumatic distressing experience of hitting a bird in the countryside on my way to work myself. It was excruciating to feel my car hit the bird. The bird refused to fly off! At the speed I was driving I would have put myself and other drivers at risk if I had slammed my breaks suddenly or gone out of my way to avoid hitting the bird. 

This was one of those moment where the famous quote of 'God give me the serenity to accept the things I can not change...'  became my reality.  I began to think of things that I could do to minimise my contribution to the road kills. So I started playing around with my horn . I mean you can't be fined for horning loud right . And I noticed that whenever i pressed my horn just in time the bird would fly off or at least try to fly off. I did it a couple of times and it worked. 

So to new drivers, or old drivers getting back on the road please drive safely. Horn it when you see that poor birdie. Please a little prayer and a minute of silence for the birds whose lives have been cut short on the road because of you or myself.