We love seeing Kangaroos when we we are in Australia. They are one of Australia’s most iconic animals and so different to wildlife you see in other countries. In the South West of Australia you will find them everywhere, and we even have a small family of roos that call Birdwood home.
Whilst being beautiful to watch bounding across a paddock, these guys can pose a real threat to drivers on the road and this is why I have chosen to dedicate a post to them.
A few flights from Singapore arrive in the early evening and we have had some guest try to drive straight down to the property to maximise their stay but we advise against it and kangaroos are largely the reason why.
Budget Direct states that hitting an animal accounted for 5% of all collision types and the most common animal collision in Australia are those collisions that involve kangaroos. Kangaroo collisions account for 9 out of 10 road accidents involving animals.
Many Australian animals have a nocturnal lifestyle (usually active at night) and Kangaroos are included in this broad catergory but more particularly active during dawn and dusk. The best way to avoid running into one is to stay off the roads from dusk till dawn all together.
If you do happen to get caught driving in the night remember slowing down as much as possible to avoid a high impact collision.
There are steps you can take to help avoid hitting a Kangaroo on the road:
Try to stay off the roads between dusk and dawn. If you do have to drive during these periods slow down and look out for any sudden movements from the edges of the road.
Pay attention to road signs.
Slow down if you see a kangaroo on the road. Take into account that Kangaroos can’t often see the car because they are blinded by the headlights so they can get panicked and behave irrationally.
Remember that animals often gather and travel in groups. If you see one by the road, slow down and be wary of other animals that may also be nearby.
Be aware of other vehicles on the road and keep a safe distance - if a vehicle ahead of you has suddenly slowed or stopped, the driver may be waiting for a kangaroo to pass.
What do you do if you hit a Kangaroo
We consulted Sasha Boundy from Dunsborough & Busselton Wildlife Care. Her advice if you hit an animal, stop your vehicle (if it is safe to do so), assist the animal. If the injured animal is a kangaroo check the pouch for live joey.
You can call the wildcare number 08 9474 9055 (WA state wide) or if in a dangerous situation on the road and likely to cause another accident call 000 .