When instructing a learner driver it is important to discuss the danger of wildlife on our roads. According to Transport NSW Centre for Road Safety one in seven crashes on country roads involves an animal. When they stray onto the road it’s hard to know what they’ll do next. Animals are quick and extremely unpredictable. Slowing down and being prepared could save a collision or even save your life.
Most important - Never swerve – it is safer to hit an animal than swerve and lose control of your vehicle. Your Own Safety should always come first & unfortunately, sometimes it might not be possible to miss an animal.
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
Report injured wildlife – call WIRES on 1300 094 737