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