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Easter Road Safety: Beware of kangaroo run-ins this Autumn

30 March 2021

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Did you know that kangaroos are the biggest danger on the roads when it comes to animal accidents?

According to claims data from Elders Insurance partner, QBE Insurance Australia, more than 80% of animal collision claims involve kangaroos and more kangaroo related claims are lodged in Autumn then any another season.

If you are hitting the road this Easter break be sure to stay vigilant as this peak kangaroo collision season coincides with an expected surge in domestic car travel over the Easter holiday period.

Data from the last three years shows kangaroo collision claims volumes increase by 32 per cent in autumn compared to summer so it’s important to be prepared and stay alert on the road.

This year Autumn also coincides with the school holidays and the end of daylight savings. So, with less daylight, COVID-19 restrictions mostly eased, and more cars likely to be on the roads over the holidays, consequently we can expect more kangaroo run-ins.

The claims data found that regional areas, which are often popular holiday destinations and routes, saw the highest claims volumes and revealed kangaroo collision hot spots across Australia.

These hot spot regional areas have roads which might be less lit, are travelled on at higher speeds and where kangaroo populations are higher.

Weather changes, particularly in kangaroo dense regional areas, can also have a strong influence on kangaroo road behaviour.

The data also revealed most kangaroo collisions took place at dawn and dusk between 5am - 7am and 5pm - 8pm when kangaroos are most active.

Kangaroo collision hot spots

State

                           

Hot Spot

South Australia

 

Port Augusta, Cleve, Renmark

Queensland

    Roma, Longreach, Goodiwindi​

Western Australila 

   Esperance, Busselton, Albany 

 Australian Capital Territory 

   Canberra, Hume, Fyshwick 

 New South Wales

   Broken Hill, Deniliquin, Dubbo 

Tasmania 

   Scottsdale, Devonport, Campbell Town 

Northern Territory 

   Alice Springs, Katherine, Darwin 

 

Avoiding collision shock with preparation and the right car insurance

Incidents involving kangaroos can be dangerous and a run-in can leave you reeling. Not only is there a safety risk but, according to the data, kangaroo collisions can cost thousands - causing an average of $5,000 in damage. In some cases, repair can exceed vehicle values entirely.

You can avoid car accidents and stay protected by remaining vigilant, understanding risks, and considering comprehensive car insurance.

Top tips for drivers this Easter break

Before you get on the road:

  1. Understand the risks – regional areas, recent dry or wet weather, and dawn and dusk driving can mean more kangaroo encounters
  2. Plan your trip with run-in risks in mind – consider travelling at a slower pace in kangaroo populated areas, can you avoid traveling during dawn or dusk?
  3. Make sure your insurance details are up to date. Contact your Elders Insurance Agent for a policy review.
  4. Save wildlife organisation and local Elders Insurance Agent’s contact details to your phone.

After you’re on the road:

  1. Drop your speed and stay alert in unfamiliar or wildlife populated areas
  2. If you come across a kangaroo, brake to avoid a collision – don’t swerve
  3. If you’re in an accident prioritise safety, call 000 if needed, then contact your insurer
  4. If you hit a kangaroo, contact a wildlife rescue organisation or the local police.

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For the full article and further advice please visit https://www.qbe.com/au/news/what-to-do-hit-kangaroo 

1 QBE motor claims data 2018 - 2020

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