Kangaroos on country roads

 Jun 13, 2014

Collisions with kangaroos are a significant problem on our regional roads. Most collisions happen around dawn and near dusk when animals are more active.

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Kangaroos can be drawn to grassy roadsides and sometimes encroach on urban areas in search of feed, particularly in times of drought when grass is scarce.

 

Dogs can be a road hazard too, and are the second most likely animal to be hit. We also see claims from collisions with cats, wombats and cattle.* 

To help avoid collisions, you should always be alert and aware when at the wheel. How you react when you see an animal on the road can potentially save lives.

  • If you see an animal on or near the road, you should try and brake, but not swerve to avoid a collision
  • Reduce your speed when driving in sign-posted wildlife areas
  • If you hit the animal and safety allows, you should try to help by moving it to the side of the road to prevent further crashes
  • Don’t force the animal to eat or drink and contact a local veterinarian or a wildlife rescue organisation, such as WIRES

 

Tip: Download the Wildlife Rescue App to find out who to call and what to do if you find an injured animal. [link http://www.ifaw.org/australia/our-work/animal-rescue/help-rescue-wildlife-nsw-download-our-app]

 

(*Source: Based on NRMA Comprehensive Car Insurance claims data for the 2011 calendar year http://www.nrma.com.au/don%E2%80%99t-let-kanga-%E2%80%98roo-in%E2%80%99-your-bumper)