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Ghostly ‘Roo Smashes Windscreen In Midnight Road Rage

Posted on: May 11, 2016 by Platinum Direct

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Almost anyone who’s driven through the outback (or quite frankly across Australia) knows how serious a menace ‘roos on the road can be.

Usually, roadside animals hear the roar of an engine and understand that cars are not to be messed with. Most of the time alert drivers can just pull to a stop or blast the horn and wait for the kangaroos to clear the road and then continue on their way. On a rare occasion, however, the animals fight back, as one Victorian man found out first hand…

He was cruising down a country road when the ghostly bounding spectre leaps into the road in front of him. He was already driving at a slow, sensible speed and came to an easy stop – crisis averted, right…?

Suddenly, in an epic bound worthy of Olympic Gold the kangaroo flies a good 8-10 feet through the air directly on to the bonnet/windscreen of his car, completely unprovoked. You can see windscreen crack instantly on impact as the beast slams his powerful legs into the car at full pelt. Revenge for a fallen brother, no doubt.

The man curses loudly, first in shock, then in rage, as the unperturbed kangaroo bounces away into the wilderness. He slowly pulls to a stop as the “big bouncing *******” alarm goes off from inside the car.

In the original, and uncensored, version of the video, the man can be heard unclipping his seatbelt and getting out to inspect the damage. By this time, the bounder had done his damage and was long gone. A lucky escape for the driver, although it’s maybe slightly unfortunate for us the viewers (imagine the epic battle of man vs. beast that could have ensued).

This just goes to show you can do everything right in a situation like this and still end up with a huge repair bill.

How To Avoid Kangaroo Collisions

Unfortunately, we are still waiting for Volvo’s ‘Kangaroo Detection System’ to be rolled out, until then, we will just have to be vigilant.

Although outright kangaroo attacks are rare, other encounters are much more common. Researchers looking into animal-related car crashes found that there were over 5,000 road accidents involving animals in NSW alone between 1996 – 2005.

In these crashes, 17,000 people were injured and at least 22 were killed – so it’s a serious issue. Out of the $20 million paid out in recent insurance claims due to animal collisions, $15 million was down to kangaroos. In the last two years over 3,000 kangaroos and wallabies were involved in car crashes, and 60% of fatal animal collisions involved kangaroos and wallabies.

2nd to ‘roos are the peaceful wombats, but collisions with them are generally much more sedate affairs. Other top animals to look out for on the roads are dogs, cats, and deer.

When most people think of Australia’s dangerous animals, they worry about spider’s in their boots or snakes in their gardens – but it seems like roos on the road is the real enemy.

The only way to avoid an animal actively attacking your car is just to stay away from country roads at night, dusk or dawn, when animals are at their most active.

That is hardly a solution for many people, for example, farm workers who have outdoors in all hours of the day.

Our instinct is to swerve as soon as an animal bounds out in front of the car – but research has shown this is actually a major cause of serious injuries and fatalities on the roads.

While we usually do this to save the lives of the animals, swerving can easily put our own lives at risk.

Although it seems cruel, the best solution is to slow down as much as possible without locking your brakes. Slamming hard on the brake could cause the car behind to rear-end you, or you could fly into a skid. While braking slowly increases your chances of hitting the animals, it reduces your chances of injury and hopefully minimizes the damage on your car.

If you are looking for a new car in favour of buffing out the large, kangaroo-sized dent in your old vehicle, be sure to use our Car Finance Calculator to make sure you get the best rates available.

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