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Kangaroo collisions cost Australians more than $6M per year: report

According to the report, New South Wales is the state "in which you’re most likely to collide with a kangaroo while driving. (Image: Wikimedia Commons - Attribution: Jpp [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)])

More than 7000 drivers are involved in, and claim for, kangaroo collisions in Australia per year, an insurance company's report has found.

The Huddle Insurance 'Roo Report'* also states that kangaroo collisions cost Aussie drivers on average more than $6 million per year in excess on insurance claims; the average cost of damage to a vehicle in the event of a kangaroo collision is $4000; and 15% of vehicles (more than 1000) involved in kangaroo collisions are completely written off.

(*A data science team at Huddle Insurance prepared the report and it includes survey data collected and analysed by YouGov Galaxy on behalf of Huddle Insurance).

79% of drivers are concerned that their car is at risk of being in a collision with a kangaroo when out of town. 79% of drivers are concerned that their car is at risk of being in a collision with a kangaroo when out of town.

As well, Huddle Insurance reckons 79%** of Aussie drivers feel concerned when driving out of town that their car is at risk of being in a collision with a kangaroo; in fact, the report points to 49% feeling "concerned" and 30% feeling “very concerned".

(**Based on a sample of 1054 Australians surveyed.)

According to the report, New South Wales is the state "in which you’re most likely to collide with a kangaroo while driving, according to claims data, while Tasmania is the least likely state". 

The following postcodes, according to the report's findings, are the areas in which you're most likely to be involved in a kangaroo collision while driving:

2620 — Queanbeyan, NSW

3064 — Roxburgh Park, VIC

2325 — Cessnock West, NSW

3754 — Doreen, VIC

2850 — Mudgee, NSW.

Huddle Insurance is launching its Kanga Cover car insurance option to "fully cover drivers excess-free in the event of their first kangaroo collision", the company claims.

Have you ever had a run in with a roo? Tell us in the comments below.