With NRMA Insurance claims data showing that kangaroos account for over 80 per cent of all animal related collisions on NSW roads, the insurer is urging drivers to be alert while at the wheel1.
The insurer’s data also showed that dogs, wombats, cattle and cats are the other animals most likely to be involved in a collision in NSW.
NRMA Insurance Head of Research Robert McDonald said kangaroo collisions generally peak in the winter months, posing a hopping hazard to drivers.
“We encourage drivers to slow down when driving, particularly at sunrise and sunset as this is when kangaroos are often most active and looking for food and an increased number of collisions occur,” said Mr McDonald.
Mr McDonald said that although most animal collisions occur on country roads, city drivers should also be mindful when dogs and cats are near cars.
“We want to urge all drivers to be aware when at the wheel. How you react when you see a kangaroo on the road can potentially save lives.
"If you hit a kangaroo and it is critically injured, you can call your local wildlife group, Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) or the Police,” Mr McDonald said.
NRMA Insurance offers some advice for NSW drivers:
- 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 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
- Don’t force the animal to eat or drink
- Contact a local veterinarian or a wildlife rescue centre such as WIRES on 1300 094 737.
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1 Based on NRMA Comprehensive Car Insurance claims data for the 2013 calendar year.
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