Did you know, one in seven crashes on country roads involves an animal?
In Port Macquarie we often see accidents involving deer that can cause serious damage and unfortunately we also see far too many incidents involving koalas.
Kangaroos, deer, wombats and stray stock can move fast and be extremely unpredictable. When animals stray onto the road it’s hard to know what they’ll do next. Slowing down and being prepared, especially near sunrise and sunset, could save a collision or even save your life.
- Be aware – animals are more active near waterholes and creeks, and harder to see at sunrise and sunset
- Reduce your speed – slow down when you see animal warning signs
- Stay alert – animals are unpredictable, so expect the unexpected
- Brake safely – only brake when it is safe to do so if you see an animal on the road
- Never swerve – it is safer to hit an animal than swerve and lose control of your vehicle
- Report injured wildlife – call WIRES on 1300 094 737