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 seven crashes on country roads involves 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 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 be prepared for animals when driving on country roads, call 13 22 13 or refer to the Animals on country roads (PDF, 153Kb) document.

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

  • Slow down and give them 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 website has information about sharing the road with horses in the Road Users' Handbook.