Drivers urged to remain alert with kangaroo collisions spiking in autumn

Dominic Giannini 1 April 2021 25
Eastern grey kangaroos

New data shows collisions with kangaroos on roads and highways spike during autumn. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Canberrans are being urged to remain vigilant on the roads this Easter with autumn bringing a 32 per cent spike in kangaroo collisions. Kangaroo collision hotspots often occur in regional holiday destinations and routes where there are higher ‘roo populations and faster speed zones. Canberra, Hume and Fyshwick are all identified as hotspots in the ACT.

A motor vehicle collision with a kangaroo can leave motorists more than seeing red, with the average cost of damages being $5000.

The new data, compiled by insurance company QBE, also revealed kangaroo crashes account for 80 per cent of collision claims involving an animal.


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QBE’s Eleanor Debelle said the spike during autumn coincides with school holidays and daylight saving.

“With less light on the road and kangaroos typically being most active at dusk and dawn, it can be a recipe for disaster,” she said.

Kangaroo encounters are also more likely following extended periods of dry weather or after wet weather.

The ACT Government has recommended drivers consider autonomous emergency braking and lane support systems when purchasing their next car to ensure they are safer on the roads.

Auto braking systems use cameras and sensors on the car to apply the breaks in an emergency to avoid a collision.

It can reduce the risk of rear-end crashes by almost 60 per cent, while lane support systems – which recognise lane markings and actively steer to keep the car from unintentionally swerving – can reduce head-on and single-vehicle crashes by 30 per cent.

Drivers are being asked to drop their speed and stay alert in unfamiliar areas, or areas with a high presence of wildlife.

If you come across a kangaroo, QBE recommends braking to avoid a collision instead of swerving.


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25 Responses to Drivers urged to remain alert with kangaroo collisions spiking in autumn
Robyn Soxsmith Robyn Soxsmith 8:17 pm 04 Apr 21

There is some good advice to motorists in this article. However, the use of statistics is very misleading. According to Budget Direct collisions with animals account for only 4% of total vehicle insurance claims. RACV it is 2.1% and RAA says 4%.

chook58 chook58 8:14 pm 04 Apr 21

There is some good advice to motorists in this article. However, the use of statistics is very misleading. According to Budget Direct collisions with animals account for only 4% of total vehicle insurance claims. RACV it is 2.1% and RAA says 4%.

Capital Retro Capital Retro 7:57 am 04 Apr 21

Not only kangaroos in the region but now deer. I had two near misses with juvenile fallow deer near Cooma last weekend.

Adsy Batesy Adsy Batesy 4:46 pm 03 Apr 21

How bout a 32% increase in roo culling?

    Daniel Palmer Daniel Palmer 5:36 pm 04 Apr 21

    Adsy Batesy that would be smart..

    Robyn Soxsmith Robyn Soxsmith 8:22 pm 04 Apr 21

    How about a 32% decrease in urban development, and human overpopulation? And same REAL action on reducing the impact on climate change

    Ed Laginestra Ed Laginestra 12:20 pm 06 Apr 21

    how about some over or underpasses and some consideration for our remaining wildlife. People complaining about maybe 2 million roos when there are over 25 million people in Australia is a bit of a joke isn't it

    Theres Dreher Theres Dreher 12:55 am 07 Apr 21

    Adsy Batesy how about you go and play in the traffic...

yana4animals yana4animals 11:27 am 03 Apr 21

“ Kangaroo encounters are also more likely following extended periods of dry weather or after wet weather.” Seriously, this is every month and has been for the past 5 decades I’ve been on this earth! As a rescuer and on call, I’ve seen 200% drop in kangaroo related vehicle accidents in the so called spot areas. It seems this article is more about kangaroo bashing, and QBE Insurance getting free promotion from both the car industry (buy smarter cars), and the riot act!!! Start blaming poor planning, lack of nature corridors, habitat lost, and bad drivers on collisions, and leave our kangaroos alone.?

Josh Matthews Josh Matthews 12:52 am 03 Apr 21

Lauren Nicolson .......... I hope you know what I’m thinking

mattm mattm 12:39 am 03 Apr 21

Don’t worry, the ACT Government will be out shooting them all in a few weeks time. I don’t know why, as the kangaroos eat more grass in a week than the Government mows.

Lin Van Oevelen Lin Van Oevelen 5:09 pm 02 Apr 21

And please also watch out for the suicidal parrots. It takes a couple of seconds to slow down to pass them when there's lots of them close to the road.

Gabbie Scerri Gabbie Scerri 12:30 pm 02 Apr 21

Filippo Pagani they’re back :(

chook58 chook58 12:18 pm 02 Apr 21

There is some good advice to motorists in this article. However, the use of statistics is very misleading. According to Budget Direct collisions with animals account for only 4% of total vehicle insurance claims. RACV it is 2.1% and RAA says 4%.

Helen Morgan Helen Morgan 10:14 am 02 Apr 21

In my experience ,the kangaroo hit me not the other way around ,how do you avoid that ?

    Sean Bishop Sean Bishop 10:31 am 02 Apr 21

    Helen brace for impact.

    Robyn Soxsmith Robyn Soxsmith 8:19 pm 04 Apr 21

    Helen - you slow down, avoid dusk and dawn, invest in a shoo roo for your vehicle or take another route.

    Trish Mathers Trish Mathers 8:52 am 06 Apr 21

    Fit ShooRoo sonic sensors to your car. As little as four bucks and they work!!@

    Ed Laginestra Ed Laginestra 12:19 pm 06 Apr 21

    oh - were you unaware that you were driving through a zone that may have wildlife at dawn and dusk?

    Helen Morgan Helen Morgan 1:25 pm 06 Apr 21

    Ed Laginestra it was 11 at night and I was 2 minutes from home so no .

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