Data reveals animal-related crashes peak in July and August and 80% of animal collisions on NSW roads involve kangaroos.
Data reveals animal-related crashes peak in July and August and 80% of animal collisions on NSW roads involve kangaroos. Brett Wortman

Watch for roos on the roads

NRMA Insurance is urging drivers to take care with the latest claim data revealing 80% of animal collisions on NSW roads involve kangaroos.

The data also revealed animal-related crashes peak in July and August.

NRMA Insurance head of research Robert McDonald said winter was the season most drivers and animals were at risk, with kangaroo collisions occurring frequently.

"Kangaroos are most active around sunrise and sunset when they are foraging and this is when they are most likely to venture onto roads, so we encourage drivers to slow down during twilight hours," he said.

"How you react when you see a kangaroo on the road can potentially save lives, so it's important to stay alert so you have the best chance of reducing both human and animal casualties."

If you see an animal on or near the road, it is advised you should try and brake, but not swerve to avoid a collision.

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.

Contact a local veterinarian or a wildlife rescue centre.



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