Beware: kangaroo collisions peak in the winter months
ANIMAL collisions increased by 14% in the past calendar year according to new claims data from NRMA Insurance.
Kangaroos still top the list of animals most likely to be involved in a road accident, followed by dogs, wombats, cattle and cats.
NRMA Insurance spokeswoman Mariana Cidade said kangaroo collisions peaked in the winter months, particularly in July, posing a hopping hazard to drivers.
"We encourage motorists to slow down when driving at sunrise and sunset as this is when kangaroos are most active and looking for food," she said.
"Kangaroo collisions can pose a significant safety risk as they can potentially smash a windscreen and injure drivers and their passengers.
"We urge motorists to try and stop if they see an animal on the road but not swerve to avoid a collision.
"How you react can potentially save lives."
While the majority of animal collisions occur on country roads, city drivers should also remain vigilant.
What to do
- 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 an animal, phone the Queensland Parks and Rescue Service on 1300 130 372. If there is a road hazard, also phone the police
- If you stop to check on the animal please ensure you do so in a safe place, away from incoming traffic. Be mindful of your safety and that of other motorists
- If you hit a kangaroo and you are certain it has died, check the pouch for joeys. Queensland Parks and Rescue Service can provide information on rescuing joeys