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Adelaide’s top 5 most dangerous roads of 2019 – revealed!

By  AAMI

Are you a regular driver along the quaint streets of Adelaide? Be ready to pump those brakes! The 2019 AAMI Crash Index* has a host of new hot spots for Adelaidians to watch out for when they’re behind the wheel.

Keen to know if you’re living near one of the top 5 accident hot spots? Read our countdown to see if your suburb or other local areas are featured.

#5 South Road, Edwardston

South Road has always carried heavy commuter traffic heading to and from Adelaide’s southern suburbs and beyond. At Edwardston, congestion can peak when city commuters join up with the many shoppers heading to Castle Plaza and other local shops.

All this traffic has helped push South Road up in the ranks from number 9 in 2018 to number 5 this year among the most dangerous roads in the SA capital.

#4 Unley Road, Unley

Making its first appearance on our Crash Index, trendy Unley Road is unfortunately trending in the wrong direction when it comes to accident stats.

Whether you’re commuting into the CBD or visiting Unley’s retailers, cafes and restaurants, take extra care. Unley Road is quickly becoming one of the city’s most dangerous stretches.

#3 Anzac Highway, Plympton

Jumping a whopping 11 places from number 14 to 3 is the Anzac Highway through Plympton. This main road runs for over 8km from the city centre right through to the popular tourist destination of Glenelg.

With frequent congestion and regular lane blockages, drivers in the area are advised to always stay alert.

#2 North East Road, Modbury 

With busy local shopping centres, offices, tricky intersections connecting to McIntyre and Reservoir Roads, and the nearby Modbury Hospital, it’s no surprise North East Road is accident-prone. This major north-east arterial is one of Adelaide’s most heavily traversed – keep your distance and drive safe!

#1 North Terrace, Adelaide

Winner winner! It’s the beautiful (but potentially deadly) North Terrace in the Adelaide CBD.

As the main meeting point of some of Adelaide’s most popular destinations for tourists and locals alike, it’s no wonder North Terrace tops the list of hot spots this year. Jumping 5 places from number 6 to number 1, this strip is a busy one to navigate from day to night. Keep your eye out for university students, Rundle Mall pedestrians and tourist buses – North Terrace is a popular meeting spot for a whole host of people and vehicles.

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, you should leave a minimum two to three second driving gap between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead.

“As long as you’re alert and concentrating, when you stay back 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.

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*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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