As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease in different parts of the world and drivers return to the roads, it is likely that there will be a noticeable increase in roadkill statistics. It’s unfortunate, given that vehicle collision is the most common cause of death for many species. Not only that, but worldwide vehicle production has been reaching record highs in recent years which makes roads a dangerous meeting point threatening the safety of both drivers and animals.
Other reasons that roads can be so dangerous for animals are feeding on the carcass of previous roadkill, attraction to salt accumulations on rumble strips, and urbanisation, which can lead to loss of habitat and subsequently make animals more susceptible to collision.
In light of this, Compare the Market has put together an infographic outlining key roadkill hotspots around the world to alert drivers of some of the biggest risks in their area. Many of those on the list are large animals, ranging from wild boars and rodents to moose, deer and elk.
Mammals make up for more than 80% of recorded road deaths in some areas, making them the most at-risk of all species. With this in mind, it is no wonder that road collisions with animals contribute significantly to the decline of various threatened species.
A key tip for drivers who may be approaching an animal that is obstructing the road is to flick their car’s high beams on and off and to startle them with the horn, with the aim to encourage them to move off the road. Despite what may be instinct for some drivers, it is recommended that swerving or steering away be avoided where possible for the safety of all road users. Pressing a foot firmly to the brake and staying in one lane is preferred.
More information on roadkill statistics in different countries can be found at this link: https://www.comparethemarket.com.au/car-insurance/roadkill-hotspots/