Launceston has come close to topping the list of the state's roadkill hotspots, according to new insurance claims data.
Insurer AAMI analysed more than 21,000 animal collision claims received across the country between February 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020.
It found that Kingston, south of Hobart, was the Tasmanian suburb that filed the most claims. Launceston came next, followed by Cambridge, Hobart and George Town.
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AAMI head of motor claims Anna Cartwright said drivers should be on the look-out for wildlife, with the winter danger period fast approaching.
"Now is the time for drivers to keep their eyes peeled for wildlife crossing roads, and be extra vigilant especially at dawn and dusk when visibility can be difficult, and nocturnal animals are more active," Ms Cartwright said.
"Wildlife is unpredictable and can appear out of nowhere, so it's vitally important to slow down and be aware of your environment, particularly in signposted wildlife areas.
"We encourage drivers to always expect the unexpected, particularly out-of-towners driving on country roads. Don't drive distracted and above all, drive to the conditions to keep yourself, family and our wildlife safe."
The data from AAMI showed that motorists were most likely to collide with a kangaroo (84 per cent), wallaby (5 per cent), wombat (2 per cent), deer (2 per cent) or bird (1 per cent).
Friday - followed by the weekend - is the worst day of the week for animal collisions.
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There are a number of things motorists can do to ensure they reduce the risk they pose to animals:
- When you spot roadkill, reduce your speed and remain vigilant, as it's a sign that wildlife is in the area;
- If you see a kangaroo crossing the road, watch out for other kangaroos following it;
- When an animal crosses the road ahead of you, slow down and brake but don't swerve as it could endanger you and your passengers, as well as other road-users;
- If involved in an animal collision, stop to check on the animal if it's safe for you to do so. If the animal is alive and injured, call your local wildlife rescue service;
- Be particularly vigilant on the road at dawn or dusk because this is when animals tend to be most active; and
- Be aware of your surroundings, utilising your peripheral vision, particularly when driving through forest or grassland areas.
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