According to the annual surveys conducted in Australia, the most common animal that becomes the victim of vehicle-related accidents is the Kangaroo. This figure is well above the half of all collisions, resting at a percentage of about sixty percent in general. In second place is the dog – with a mere ten or so percent though. Thus, kangaroos are a much threat and accident risk in the roads of Australia, especially so in the countryside and rural areas. As such, special equipment is needed to prevent damage and harm, both to the vehicle and the animal.
The nudge bars are the answer to this. Better known as bullbars in the world outside of Australia, these are extensions fitted to the front of a truck or any other vehicle. They are usually composed of either steel or aluminium – the latter however is by far the popular choice, thanks to the fact that it does not rust or easily degrade like the steel bars. However, more recent nudge bars have been built with other materials, such as polyethylene materials and moulded polycarbonate. Nudge bars in Australia are also specifically called ‘roo bars’ just because they are used for kangaroo-related collisions. If you’re used to doing business in the more rural parts of the country, you will definitely find that Hilux nudge bars are just as important for your Hilux as are other essential equipment for trucks – such as steel Ute racks.
However, you should also keep in mind that these nudge bars are not very much adaptable to urban settings – the reason behind this lies in the very reason why they are used in the countryside. As an accessory, nudge bars exist to prevent or reduce the potential damage that could occur to the vehicle thanks to the collision of an animal; by doing so, they tend to prioritize the prevention of damage to the vehicle, than harm to the animal. Thus, in urban settings, where collisions with pedestrians – and not animals – becomes the norm, nudge bars become dangerous accessories. The harm that can be inflicted to a person is amplified, to the point of being fatal.
Due to this reason, nudge bars are heavily regulated worldwide. Australia too, has specific regulations to deal with the usage of nudge bars, such as imposing strict rules on the manufacture process. Regardless, it is best if nudge bars are only used by vehicles that tend to roam about the countryside more than the cities – as a businessman, it should be imperative that you use this ideal accessory only if you tend to transport goods in the rural areas.