RAA Insurance crash data has prompted a warning for drivers to be vigilant on regional roads this autumn.
Animals crashes – overwhelmingly involving kangaroos – surge almost 30 per cent in this season compared to summer, insurance claims data compiled since 2018 reveals.
RAA Senior Manager Safety and Infrastructure Charles Mountain said a combination of holidays – the Adelaide Cup long weekend, Easter and school vacations – could be contributing to the higher number of animals being hit in autumn.
“Daylight hours also become shorter, meaning extra motorists may be on the road around dusk when animals are more active,’’ he said.
Mr Mountain had advice for motorists in the unpleasant and alarming position of colliding with an animal.
“Animals can pose a serious risk to people’s safety – which is why we urge drivers to be cautious,’’ he said.
“While colliding with an animal is a regrettable and unnerving experience, we advise motorists not to brake heavily or swerve as this could result in a more serious crash.
“Where possible, drivers should safely reduce their speed to avoid a collision with an animal, remain alert and remember that animals can be obscured by roadside vegetation.’’
Mr Mountain said the monetary impact of colliding with an animal could also be costly – from a few thousand dollars to the car being a write-off, depending on the animal and the speed involved.’’
He warned the Stuart Highway, Princes Highway, Sturt Highway, Victor Harbor Road, South Eastern Freeway and Main South Road were hotspots for animal collisions, according to RAA Insurance claims data.
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