New data* has shown that the number of animal collisions is higher on NSW roads in winter. Last year, Dubbo was the town that saw the most collisions with animals recorded, with 206 in total.
At NRMA, we value your safety and ask you to please be aware of animals in high-risk collision times and areas.
In these new findings* kangaroos account for over 80% of all animal related collisions, with numbers peaking in winter months.
Dogs, wombats, cattle and cats are the other animals most likely to be involved in a collision in the state.
And although most animal collisions occur on country roads, you should also take care on city roads when dogs and cats are near.
How you react to an animal on the road could save lives.
Here’s some helpful advice for drivers:
- Slow down when driving at sunrise and sunset as this is when kangaroos are often most active and looking for food.
- If you see an animal on or near the road, you should try to brake, but not swerve to avoid a collision.
- Reduce your speed inside sign posted wildlife areas.
- If you hit the animal and safety permits, you should try to help by moving it to the side of the road to prevent further crashes. However don’t force the animal to eat or drink, and contact a local veterinarian or a wildlife rescue centre, such as WIRES on 1300 094 737.
*Based on NRMA Comprehensive Car Insurance claims data for the 2013 calendar year.