The Animal Accident Map shows the B3054 as being one of the worst road for accidents in the New Forest. Although the number of animal accidents has dropped this still makes upsetting viewing. Here are some useful driving tips when using the Forest Roads.
• Be ready to stop - ponies may step out even when they’ve seen you approaching
• Slow down, especially at night and when other cars are approaching with their headlights on
• Give animals grazing by the side of the road a wide berth
• Take extra care when there are animals on the verges on both sides of the road – they may cross to join their friends.
• Consider travelling on the fenced roads (such as the A31, A337 and A35) so that you don’t have to cross the open Forest.
• The faster you are going, the greater the damage will be to the animal, your car and your passengers - start your journey early so you don’t have to hurry.
If you witness or are involved in an accident involving a pony, donkey, cow, pig or sheep, call the Police (999 for an emergency or 101 if it’s not an emergency). Animal emergency hotline cards also give you the numbers to call if you see sick, injured or distressed animals and can be picked up in most local shops.