Don’t let a kanga ‘roo-in’ your bumper

12 July 2012

SGIC is urging drivers to be careful on regional roads after the insurer received more than 1,000 claims for accidents involving animals.*

SGIC Head of Research Robert McDonald said kangaroo collisions on country roads are a significant problem that peaks during winter. 

“At this time of year, many kangaroos are active on our roads,” Mr McDonald said.

“They are often looking for food at sunrise and sunset and it’s during this time that an increased number of collisions occur.”

Mr McDonald said that although most animal collisions occur on country roads, city drivers should also be mindful when dogs and cats are near cars.  

“Dogs are the second most likely animal to be hit and we also regularly see insurance claims from collisions with cats and emus.” 

“We want to urge all drivers to be aware when at the wheel. How you react when you see a kangaroo on the road can potentially save lives.

"If you hit a kangaroo and it is critically injured, you can call your local wildlife group, the RSPCA SA on 08 8231 6931 or the Police,” Mr McDonald said.

SGIC offers some advice for SA drivers:

  • If you see an animal on or near the road, you should try and brake, but not swerve to avoid a collision;
  • Reduce your speed inside sign posted wildlife areas;
  • 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;
  • Don’t force the animal to eat or drink; and
  • Contact a local veterinarian or a wildlife rescue centre such as the RSPCA SA.
SA hotspotsNumber of animal collisions
Mt Gambier51
Port Augusta34
Renmark, Kingston SE17
Naracoorte, Victor Harbour, Loxton16
Adelaide, Cooper Pedy13
Morgan, Lucindale12
Whyalla, Port Licoln, Murray Bridge, Berri, McLaren Vale11
Barmera, Millicent10
* Based on SGIC Comprehensive Car Insurance claims data for the 2011 calendar year.