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Australia’s most dangerous roads of 2019 – revealed!
The 2019 AAMI Crash Index* is hot off the press, and there are some worrying hot spots out there for Aussie drivers! AAMI has taken a deep dive into thousands of insurance claims to paint a clearer picture of what’s happening on our roads.
There are a few repeat offenders in this year’s AAMI Crash Index (data collected from 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019), along with a few new danger zones to keep an eye on. Ready to discover the top 5 hot spots in your capital city? Take note of crash hot spots in your local area—you may want to be extra vigilant when travelling on those roads.
Brisbane drivers may need to up their game on the road. This is particularly true around Gympie Road (at Chermside and Aspley). With two appearances in the top 5 Brisbane hot spots this year, Gympie Road has once again proved to be the most dangerous place for local drivers. This doesn’t mean other regions are off the hook. Drivers around Logan Road at Mount Gravatt also need to be more observant—this major Brisbane road jumps two spots this year, landing itself a spot at number 3. Nearby Mains Road comes in at number 4 this year, so remember not to get too distracted cruising around Sunnybank looking for new Asian restaurants. A recent addition to the list is Browns Plains Road—keep a watchful eye when zipping down this fast-growing section of the outer suburbs.
Sorry Sydneysiders. Maybe big city life is making you impatient, but you’re racking up a lot of crashes. The Hume Highway at Liverpool has proven to be a consistently dangerous stretch of road. This highway has a notorious past and has featured many times in the hot spot countdown, only losing the crown once in the last 6 years to Pennant Hills Road (third place this year). Some other areas to watch for distracted drivers and poor merging are Victoria Road at West Ryde, Richmond Road at Marsden Park and the noted hot spot of Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills.
Attention Melburnians: proceed with serious caution on Plenty Road. This outer suburban road sits comfortably in the number 1 hot spot for car accidents across Australia. So, when heading to Bundoora, remember to be wary of all the frequent roadworks and newbie drivers getting to uni!
Regular commuters along Springvale Road in Melbourne’s southeast should also be extra careful when heading through Glen Waverley or Springvale. The heavily used road is a well-known hot spot due to congestion caused by commercial trucks and commuters linking to the Tullamarine Freeway and Nepean Highway.
The often congested Maroondah Highway in Ringwood has seen a dramatic increase in road incidents, helping it leapfrog several places from number 14 to number 4 on our list this year. Doncaster Road has also proven to be particularly accident-prone.
Adelaidean city drivers, what’s happening on your historic North Terrace Road? This infamous road features prominently in this year’s AAMI Crash Index, taking the prize for top accident hot spot. Suburban drivers on the south side aren’t faring much better, with the Anzac Highway at Plympton and Unley Road both featuring in the top 5. This is a sign to be extra vigilant while travelling along these popular arterial roads.
Locals won’t be surprised to see North East Road at Modbury at number 2 and South Road at Edwardstown making an appearance in the top 5 too–the notoriously crowded South Road has skyrocketed from number 10 to number 5 this year.
Canberra drivers, stay on your guard going down the Hume section of the Monaro Highway. This dusty stretch of road maintains its position as Canberra’s top crash hot spot for another year, with several lanes of heavily congested traffic and distracted drivers causing most of the issues. Be prepared to dodge the odd kangaroo too—the highway is known for its roadkill.
Fyshwick drivers beware—instances of distracted driving are on the rise in your neighbourhood. Canberra Avenue keeps last year’s status as the second most dangerous road, followed by the Fyshwick portion of the Monaro Highway. Nearby Benjamin Way in Belconnen and Gundaroo Drive in Gungahlin also make appearances in our top 5 this year
The island state’s capital didn’t fare too well this year, particularly when it came to pumping the brakes in time. Stay extra alert around Sandy Bay Road and Argyle Street in the CBD, as well as the Brooker Highway in Glenorchy north of Hobart – they’re the top 3 spots around Hobart.
Perth drivers have some new trouble spots to look out for. Safety Bay Road in Baldivis makes its first appearance on the list, coming in at number 4. Nicholson Road in Canning Vale and the Canning Highway in Applecross have moved into the top 5. And for two years in a row, the Albany Highway through Cannington and the Great Eastern Highway in Midland have kept their positions at number 1 and 2 on our list respectively. When navigating these high-risk areas, be extra alert!
On the road? Stay vigilant!
Whether or not you live in one of the hot spot areas, there are smart ways you can be a safer driver every day.
Dan Leslie from Murcotts Advanced Driving—the experts behind AAMI’s Skilled Drivers course —knows how important the principles of defensive driving are to minimising risks.
“There are two key principles to safe driving, Look Up and Stay Back,” says Dan.
“Many drivers believe they should look only two or three vehicles ahead in traffic. However you should be looking much further than that. Good drivers look towards the horizon, scanning well ahead and from side-to-side. This allows you to detect hazards early and adjust your driving accordingly.
“Not leaving enough room between vehicles is another major contributor to vehicle crashes. No matter what speed you’re driving at, you should leave a minimum two to three second driving gap between your vehicle and the one ahead.
“As long as you’re alert and concentrating, when you stay back at this distance you’ll be in a much better position to react to an emergency and avoid a collision. Of course, if you’re towing, driving a four-wheel-drive vehicle or if it’s raining, you’ll want to leave even more distance to be safe,” says Dan.
Make sure you’re prepared
*The AAMI Crash Index is based on motor accident insurance claims made by customers of all AAI Limited’s brands including AAMI, GIO, Suncorp Insurance, Shannons, APIA, Bingle, CIL Insurance, Vero, Terri Scheer, and Essentials by AAI. 2019 claims data calculated from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019, and 2018 claims data calculated from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.
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