As a result of the coronavirus travel restrictions, which forced millions of people to stay at home for the holidays, the number of people killed on the roads has increased dramatically.

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As a result of coronavirus travel restrictions, which forced millions of people to stay at home for the holidays, the number of people killed on the roads has increased.

According to insurer Zurich, the number of animals killed by vehicles increased by 54% between June and August this year compared to pre-pandemic levels.

This year’s high demand for British vacations has resulted in an increase in roadkill.

Because of the coronavirus restrictions, millions of people chose to spend their vacation in the UK rather than abroad this year.

According to Zurich, this meant that rural roads were busier than usual, resulting in a significant increase in the number of animals killed in traffic accidents.

According to the report, the number of wild animals hit by vehicles and reported for insurance claims increased by 54% from pre-pandemic levels in 2019 between June and August this year.

“Travel restrictions in other countries have had an impact on wildlife in the United Kingdom,” said Phil Ost of Zurich.

“With more of us vacationing on home turf and more traffic on the roads, the risk of colliding with an animal has increased.”

Road accidents involving animals dropped by a quarter during the most stringent 2020 lockdowns, according to Zurich, but accident rates quickly rebounded as restrictions were eased, and are now higher than pre-pandemic levels.

According to claims data, approximately 88 animals are killed every day on British roads, equating to approximately 32,000 per year.

However, the vast majority of cases go unreported, implying that the true figure is much higher.

Pheasants, badgers, birds, and foxes are also common casualties in reported collisions, accounting for 61% of all reported collisions.

A reported collision costs around £2,400 on average.

According to Zurich, collision rates could rise even more this autumn.

Wildlife collisions are most common in October and November, when deer are more likely to stray onto roads, according to Mr Ost.

“Be especially cautious when driving near forested areas, especially at dawn and dusk when deer are more active,” he advised.

“Be on the lookout for road warning signs that indicate animals are nearby, and use full beams at night to increase visibility on the road when it’s safe to do so.”

As a result of coronavirus travel restrictions, which forced millions of people to stay at home for the holidays, the number of people killed on the roads has increased.

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Roadkill rates have jumped as coronavirus travel restrictions forced millions of us to holiday at home

Hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) crossing road at night in front of car. (Photo by: Arterra/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

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