Centre for Road Safety

Animals on country roads are more prevalent around sunset and sunrise.

What you do next could save your life

One in every 41 casualty crashes on country roads involves a vehicle hitting an animal. Kangaroos, 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

Be prepared

For more information on how to react when you encounter animals on the road, call 13 22 13 or download Animals on country roads.

If drivers come across a horse being ridden on the road, they should:

  • Slow down and allow plenty of room
  • Never sound the horn, rev the engine or pass at high speed
  • Slow down or stop if the rider is having difficulty.

The Roads and Maritime Services website has information about sharing the road with horses in the Road Users' Handbook.