Dear Canadians: Stop doing this. First ducks, then this. You would think in a country like ours people would be accustomed to dealing with wild life. Avoid it, if you can and its safe. Slamming on the brakes in 70 mph zone is not safe.

Slamming on the brakes to let a squirrel cross the road came at a cost for a driver who caused a multi-vehicle crash in Nanaimo, B.C.

RCMP say the 53-year-old man’s vehicle was rear-ended by a commercial food truck and two pickups on the Island Highway. One vehicle was so damaged it needed to be towed.

Police say the man hit the brakes to let a squirrel dash across two lanes of traffic last Friday.