These pictures of the benefits of a bull bar when there is an animal strike speak for themselves.
Despite the impact being at about 100kmh on the Tuggeranong Parkway, ACT, a major dual carriageway link in Canberra, the damage is limited to the bull bar.
Tuggeranong Parkway links Canberra CBD to the southern Canberra metro district of Tuggeranong, and is a bypass road to the Woden Valley-Weston Creek district of Canberra.
The Tuggeranong Parkway is four lanes wide and has a speed limit of 100 km/h.
Like many Canberra main roads The Parkway runs right through kangaroo grazing country. The unfortunate kangaroo jumped into the path of the GoSeeAustralia Toyota Landcruiser.
There was no possibility of safely avoiding the impact.
Slight damage in Canberra Parkway 100kmh roo-strike impact IMG 0741
The most expensive damage was done to the alingment of the bull bar. There was no damage to the vehicle body as the bull bar absorbed the full impact.
Despite the high speed impact the bull bar (as our picture shows) is only slightly distorted.
GoSee believes the bull bar protected the vehicle occupants, prevented major damage to the Landcruiser body and saved thousands of dollars in potential repair bills.
It also gives the driver added confidence to hold the line when unexpected animal strike situations occur. Swerving to avoid impact in this kind of situation is a big no-no and can cause rollovers and present a danger to other road users.
Canberra is unique in the proximity of wildlife to its suburbs, but the situation is typical of the everyday experiences of many country drivers throughout Australia.
Animal strike risk is high for country drivers
A kangaroo is a road hazard which country drivers try to avoid.
Other Australia wildlife, feral animals like camels and wandering stock often pose bigger risks.
In these circumstances an animal strike without the protection of a bull bar can be very serious indeed.
GoSee feels that as unfortunately accidents happen the best outcome is to be able to walk away unscathed.