Kangaroos top the list as the animal most likely to be involved in a road accident.
Kangaroos top the list as the animal most likely to be involved in a road accident. Melissa Mobbs

July the peak period for kangaroos hopping on the road

KANGAROOS are hitting the road this winter so drivers better watch out.

Data from NRMA Insurance suggests kangaroos are the animal most likely to be struck by a car - and winter is when they move.

Dogs, wombats, cattle and cats fill the rest of the top five animals prone to be hit on the road.

In Queensland, Mt Isa topped the state for most animals being hit by cars, with Warwick, Rockhampton, Stanthorpe and Roma all in the top 10.

NRMA spokeswoman Mariana Cidade said July was the peak period for kangaroos hopping on the bitumen, particularly at sunrise and sunset.

"We urge motorists to try and stop if they see an animal on the road, but not swerve to avoid a collision," she said.

"How you react can potentially save lives."

NRMA suggests calling Queensland Parks and Rescue Service on 1300 130 372 if you strike an animal while driving or police if it blocks the road.



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