How to look out for livestock, wildlife and potential hazards on NSW roads. What to do if you encounter an animal.
Be alert to potential hazards
While driving, look out for potential hazards. A hazard is any possible danger that might lead to a crash.
It could be a pedestrian waiting to cross, a wet road, or something blocking your view of oncoming vehicles. Look out for approaching vehicles and parked vehicles pulling out.
If you cannot see at least 5 seconds ahead, you should slow down. When you see a potential hazard, slow down and prepare to stop.
Scanning helps you see what’s happening on the road and any potential hazards.
Look out for warning signs alerting you to dangers or changed road conditions ahead.
Wildlife and livestock
On country roads, look out for unfenced livestock and wildlife.
Animals on the road can be dangerous and can cause serious crashes.
They can move quickly and can be unpredictable.
Animal warning signs
When you see a stock warning sign, you may be approaching farm animals on or near the road.
Slow down when you see animal warning signs. Animals are more active near waterholes and creeks, and are harder to see at sunrise and sunset.
Stock crossing warnings
If you encounter an animal on the road
If you see an animal on or near the road, slow down and apply your brakes in a controlled way. Never swerve to avoid an animal. This may cause you to lose control of your vehicle or to collide with oncoming traffic.
If you collide with an animal, only stop if it’s safe to do so.
If the animal is injured:
- If a native animal has been hurt you should contact the Wildlife and Information Rescue Service (WIRES) or use the IFAW Wildlife rescue app to find a suitable wildlife rescue organisation for your location.
- For a domestic pet, contact the owner, police or the RSPCA