Brake if you see wildlife on the road, but don't swerve

IF YOU notice road kill, slow down and pay extra attention because this is often a sign of wildlife in the area.

If you see an animal on the road, slow down and brake but avoid swerving.

It is far less dangerous to keep driving and damage your vehicle than swerve to avoid it and collide with another vehicle or tree.

Be extra vigilant when driving at dawn, dusk or night, when animals are most active.

If you have a crash or near-miss with an animal, flash your headlights to warn other drivers there is danger ahead.

Keep your local wildlife rescue service emergency number on hand.

DRIVING DISTRACTED

A Monash University study of 340 serious crashes in NSW and Victoria between 2000 and 2011 found driver distraction was at fault in 57% of cases.

The biggest contributors were:

Intoxication - 13.5%

Falling asleep - 11.8%

Fatigue - 10.9%

Failure to look - 3.2%

Passenger interaction - 3.2%

Feeling ill - 2.6%

Blacking out - 2.6%

Feeling stressed - 1.8%

Looking but failing to see - 1.5%

Animal or insect in vehicle - 1.4%

Using a mobile phone - 0.9%

Changing music - 0.9%

Adjusting vehicle systems - 0.9%

Looking at vehicle systems - 0.9%

Searching for an object - 0.9%



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