Driving Tips: Animal Strikes
Animal strikes are simply a matter of “when” not “if” when you’re doing some big miles through the bush. While there are things you can do to minimise the risk, like not traveling at dawn and dusk when animals are most active and investing in some good quality barwork and driving lights, it’s almost inevitable that you will eventually contact an animal at some stage.
Kangaroos and emus are the most common victims. They’re highly sporadic in their movements, even if they look like they’re running away they can and do change direction at the drop of a hat and can cut right back in front of you. If you see a group of animals near the track, it’s best to slow down if possible and pass them by hopefully without incident. If it is inevitable that you’re going to hit one, it’s important not to swerve and keep the wheels pointed straight ahead. Many an accident can be put down to drivers who have swerved to avoid an animal and lost control of their vehicle. If you have hit an animal, it’s worth pulling over and checking that it is actually dead and not just badly injured. If it is and is in obvious pain, it’s up to you to humanely dispatch it.