What to do if you hit an animal

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Published on November 14, 2018

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slide 1: November 15 2018  What to do if you hit an animal while  driving    Vehicle vs Wildlife  You’ve been planning the road trip of a lifetime. Your car is serviced new tires installed windscreen is  in good shape and it’s time to hit the road Little do you know you might be in for a wild ride. Our vast  Australian landscape is a travellers playground but the common danger of escaping the city for long  stints of driving is our abundant wildlife that are not up to speed with the road rules.  Collisions with animals account for 5 of all accident types in Australia. Our number one culprit is the  kangaroo accounting for nine out of ten car accidents involving animals. So what can you do to avoid  a run in with our furry friends and what should you do if it happens to you      1 slide 2: How to avoid wildlife collisions  Nominate a ‘spotter’  If you’re travelling with family or friends it’s a good idea to nominate a passenger to keep a lookout for  wildlife so you can keep your eyes on the road. Even if you spot emus or kangaroos some distance  from the road it’s a good idea to slow down and maintain a safe distance from any vehicles around  you. Our seemingly ‘calm’ Aussie icons are quick easily spooked and unpredictable.  Avoid Animal Peak Hour  Peak hours on country roads are dusk and dawn. This is when the wildlife are on the move and the  times of day the vast majority of animal accidents occur. If you’re driving at night use your high beams  as much as possible and look out for the glow of eyes in their glare. Be aware of any road signs  indicating dense wildlife populations and crossings you should slow down and be hyper vigilant in  these areas.    Don’t swerve to miss an animal  No one wants to be responsible for roadkill but if you find yourself in an unavoidable predicament hit  the brakes smoothly and keep your wheel straight. Swerving to miss an animal can easily send you off  the road or into the path of oncoming traffic - which can have devastating consequences.  What to do if you hit an animal while driving  Stay calm pull off the road and stop the car  Colliding with anything while driving is quite the shock Try to remain calm as you put your hazard  lights on and pull well off the road to safety and switch off the vehicle. If you’re unable to remove the  car from the road check first that everyone in the car is okay and decide whether or not an ambulance  should be called. Where possible make sure all passengers exit the vehicle and keep well clear of the  scene as you call the police and try to warn other traffic of the obstruction ahead.  Assess the condition of the animal  Even though this wasn’t your fault you have responsibilities towards the animal and making sure the  road is clear and safe. Ask a passenger to take a couple of quick photos of the scene for possible  insurance purposes as you carefully and quietly approach the animal to assess its condition. You  should always carry a blanket or old sheet in your car to protect yourself and injured wildlife in these  unpredictable scenarios.    2 slide 3: If the animal is deceased and it’s safe to do so remove it from the road using the blanket and  double-check there are no babies in its pouch or nearby. You can then call the area’s local council to  arrange the removal of the deceased animal.    If you find the animal is badly injured but alive remember your safety is paramount. Even a small  wallaby can be aggressive and cause serious injury if they feel threatened. Call the local authorities  straight away so they can humanely euthanize the critter or arrange for the RSPCA or local wildlife  carers to take it in for treatment. If it’s a small animal that you can pick up you can wrap it up and take  it to the local wildlife hospital or vet. Be sure to take note of the exact location where you had your  wild run in so the animal can be returned to its habitat.  Assess damage to the vehicle  Once the animal is dealt with and the roadway is clear and safe you need to check your vehicle very  thoroughly. If your car is badly dented or the airbags have deployed you’ll need to call the police to  report the accident and have the vehicle towed and inspected.  If there is minor damage be sure to take photos and report the accident to police for insurance  purposes. Get in touch with your insurance company as soon as possible. Before you get back behind  the wheel take extra care to ensure there are no leaks or possible damage to your wheels or  windscreen. Take it easy as you start to drive making sure your steering is properly responsive the  brakes are working soundly and there are no rattles bumps or strange noises.    3 slide 4: Windscreen damaged after hitting an animal    Windscreen damage is very common in an animal accident. When a vehicle bonnet or door is dented it  can compromise the safety and integrity of your windscreen and place you in serious danger. Even  very minor chips or cracks on the windscreen can quickly and suddenly worsen beyond repair  resulting in a costly and avoidable replacement.  Call a ​windscreen repair ​​ professional straight away for a thorough inspection and in many cases a  quick on-the-spot repair. Depending on your location most windscreen repair companies like us will  come to you and if the damage can be repaired we’ll have you back on the road safely in no time.  Novus Auto Glass ​​ specialise in windscreen repair technology and strive to provide you with the best  possible care for your car. Services include windscreen repair and replacement as well as restoration  polishing and windscreen glass cleaning and protection products. Arrange a quote online or call us to  see how we can help you on 13 22 34.    4

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