Bullbars in our opinion are an essential item for outback travelling because we lived 140 km from the nearest bitumen in a country heavily populated by kangaroos. for Outback travel the primary purpose of the bullbar is to prevent damage to the radiator which is what will cause you to have to walk for help. This is clearly not desirable on isolated roads that might only see one car a week. Secondary to this is to allow mounting of various accessories such as driving lights, winches and CB antennas to the vehicle.
In our view, the bullbar is or should be considered the third line of defence from an animal strike. When encountering a kangaroo where a collision appears imminent, the driver has three choices. The first option is to pass behind the kangaroo; the second option is to go in front of the kangaroo and the third option is to take the impact on the bullbar.
If you have to pass in front of the kangaroo it's important that immediately you get the nose of the vehicle past the kangaroo that you steer sharply back into the animal. This maneuver if executed properly will swing the tail of your vehicle away from the animal and if if the ‘roo hits your vehicle it's likely to be a glancing blow well back down the rear of the car so there is no risk of becoming disabled. In many cases, no damage will occur other than possibly some scuffed paintwork which will polish out.
If you have to take an animal on the bull bar, the safest place for the impact to occur is on the bullbar upright at the mounting point. it's not recommended that you hit the kangaroo with the bull bar in front of the radiator because of the risk of disabling the vehicle.
Also, we often saw kangaroos damage headlights as their backside can pass through the hoops. Whilst this is not going to stop you from getting to your destination, it is an expensive repair and it is quite unpleasant driving at night if you are missing some of your lighting capacity.
By selecting one of the quality bull bars available for purchase from VMN you will have the best available protection should you end up touring in conditions similar to what we experienced for many years.