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When it comes to protecting you and your passengers in a collision with wildlife, a bullbar will do exactly that. But what if you could avoid it altogether?
Introducing the ShuRoo.
Designed in Australia, the ShuRoo bar uses high-frequencies to help ward off wildlife and prevent a collision, particularly with kangaroos.
It has been thoroughly tried and tested for over 30 years in the Australian outback and can help keep wildlife away from your car, 4WD, truck, bus or motorcycle.
The difference between a bull bar and a ShuRoo is that a bull bar will not deter a roo from erratically jumping out of the shrubs and in front of your moving vehicle.
Rather, it alerts them to your presence using a high-pitch frequency that only animals can hear, giving you and the animal optimal chances of avoiding a collision.
For this reason, the ShuRoo has become an essential 4×4 accessory when traversing the great Australian outback.
The science behind the ShuRoo
The ShuRoo is an electronic device that emits a high-frequency sound approximately 400 metres ahead of and 50m either side of the vehicle.
This sound has been designed as an early warning alert for kangaroos and other wildlife, letting them know of your presence. It has been described as the ‘police siren’ for kangaroos.
Will the ShuRoo actually work?
The ShuRoo has undergone extensive field testing for over 30 years and has shown a 70% reduction in accident damage costs relating to animal strikes. There have been over a million miles in field tests, with fleet operators having reduced damage and downtime in remote areas.
This includes major companies such as RioTino, Hydro Tasmania, The Australian Railroad Group, Ambulance Service Victoria and many others having installed a ShuRoo on all fleet vehicles.
That being said, although the ShuRoo may be the world leader in wildlife collision prevention, there are many factors to take into consideration. Factors including varying weather conditions, speed of vehicle, and dealing with wild animals can affect the reduction in wildlife collisions, and therefore is not 100%.
However, independent reports have shown between 70% and 90% reduction in wildlife collisions for vehicles fitted with the ShuRoo.
Can I have both a ShuRoo and a Bull Bar?
The question of everyone’s mind is can I have both? The ShuRoo can be easily fitted and installed onto a bullbar, providing your vehicle complies with Western Australian regulations.
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Do I need a bullbar?
There are many reasons why most 4×4 enthusiasts would recommend a bull bar.
However, it is a question that often divides people into two camps — there are those who see it as a form of protection against the outback when off-roading and those who see it as an urban hazard on the road.
To put things into perspective, here’s why you would need a bullbar.
1. Protection from animal collisions
Unexpectedly colliding with a roo or any other large animal without a bullbar can cause a lot of damage to your vehicle, leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere, and in worst cases — cause harm to you and your passengers. A bullbar helps reduce the amount of damage caused in the event of a collision by absorbing the initial impact. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially if you’re 100kms away from the nearest town.
2. Mount all your 4WD accessories
If you’re someone who spends a lot of time tackling some of WA’s most hectic 4×4 tracks or beach accessible tracks, having a bullbar to mount all of your essential off-road 4×4 accessories is gold. This can include mounting a sandflag, which is required at all times while in the dunes, rod holders for beaching fishing, additional driving lights or a UHF antenna.
3. Improve your approach angle
Quite often the off-road terrain can be unforgiving and as vigilant as you may be, eventually you’re going to miscalculate the angle and scrape off some paint work, or worse crack the bumper. Bull bars help prevent you from hitting the terrain hard and negate body damage.
4. Install convenient recovery points
Certain types of bullbars have recovery points built-in, some can be added as an option, while others help expose the chassis so that points can be added. A winch can also be installed onto a bullbar, making it one of the easiest ways to mount a winch to your vehicle.
Total 4×4 is here to help
Whether you’re an experienced outdoor enthusiasts or you’ve just picked up your new rig, Total 4×4 is here to help make sure your vehicle is safe and road legal. The last thing you’d want to happen is if you’ve just decked out your rig in brand new modifications only for the popo’s to give you a yellow sticker.
If you’re in doubt, you can always contact the professionals at Total 4×4, who are happy to inspect your 4WD, provide expert advice and supply/install high quality 4×4 accessories.
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