Kangaroos have good eyesight
but and excellent hearing but this does not help them avoid traffic.
In outback areas, and sometimes even in and around cities, kangaroos
can be a major hazard to traffic, or the traffic to them, depending
on which side you choose to look at the problem. Many Australian
vehicles, especially those that do a lot of driving in remote
areas, are fitted with roo bars to minimise damage caused by collision
with kangaroos. You do need a solid bar on your car to get through
a collision, many roo bars on cars are not designed to take the
full impact of a decent size roo, and even then they may still
hit your windscreen. Most importantly your radiator has a higher
chance of surviving the impact so at least in a remote area you
are not stuck and can keep driving to the nearest town. In the
outback it is usually better to avoid driving at night, besides
roos there are also cows that wander around freely.
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