Dusk to Dawn - Driving Tips
- Reduce your speed while travelling during dusk to dawn. This will minimise the risk of hitting animals and damaging your car
- Appoint a passenger to be a spotter, looking along the road edges for animals.
- Drive using your peripheral view - looking to the sides.
- If you see wildlife on or beside the road, slow down, dip your headlights to a low beam (high beams dazzle them). If you have a car behind you put your hazard lights on and slow down.
- Toot your horn for a few quick bursts. This usually will get the animal to move off the road or away from the sides of the road but beware of other road users and that you don't scare the animal in the direction of another oncoming car.
- Kangaroos can travel in groups. If one crosses the road keep in mind there may be others about to cross.
- Kangaroos running distressed on the side of the road running fence lines can suddenly dart back and forth across the road. If safe and possible, stop to give the kangaroo time to recover from the stress so that it can move on calmly.
- Yellow signs with a kangaroo on it indicates that there are kangaroos in the area. Particular care needs to taken when driving in these areas. Just because you have never seen a kangaroo in that area does not mean they are not there.
- There are many areas that are high accident zones that may not be signed. Some of these areas include:
- Urban development
- Parks & forests
- Farming areas
- Habitat loss
- Make sure you have these items in your car:
- Our phone numbers, written down & kept in the car. Also make sure the numbers are programmed into your mobile phone.
( 0417 506 941 or 1300 094 535 - Wildlife Victoria )
- Keep a pillow case in your glove box, it takes up little or no room and can be used to contain a possum, bird or even a small joey for transporting.