It is not only important to drive safely on our roads for our own sakes but also for all of our native and non-native wildlife friends.
Our macropod friends (Kangaroos and Wallabies) are most active around dawn and dusk, and are nocturnal friends like wombats and possums are most active at night. Birds are active all day and our reptilian friends can often be found sunning themselves on the roads.
Things you can do:
- Slow down
- If you have poor visibility, you will also have a decreased reaction time
- If you see a kangaroo on the road up ahead, slow down or stop if necessary. Usually they travel in mobs and there is most likely others following him or her.
- Stay awake and alert for everyone’s safety.
- Make sure your headlights work and give off enough light.
- Keep an eye on the shadows
- Most importantly, if you see a young animal at the side of the road react the same way you would if it was a human child.
- Stop immediately. Wildlife can be unpredictable and frighten easily. Wait for them to move far away from the road before you continue.