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Brisbane's top 5 most dangerous roads of 2019 – revealed!
Does it feel like accidents are on the rise in Queensland’s capital? You may be right! The newly released 2019 AAMI Crash Index* has some worrying statistics to wake Brisbane drivers up when they’re on the road.
#5 Browns Plains Road, Browns Plains
A new arrival on the AAMI Crash Index, Browns Plains Road is increasingly congested as traffic volumes in Brisbane’s southern suburbs grow.
With commuters feeding in from the Mt. Lindsay Highway and the Logan Motorway, and the busy Grand Plaza Shopping Centre acting as a magnet for shoppers from surrounding suburbs, traffic is a constant at this road’s many busy intersections. Stay alert!
#4 Mains Road, Sunnybank
Sunnybank is a foodie hot spot well-known for its delicious Asian cuisine offerings. It’s also home to one of the busiest roads in South East Queensland. Mains Road has consistently been one of Brisbane’s most dangerous thoroughfares, holding at number 4 in the AAMI Crash Index for 2 years in a row.
#3 Logan Road, Mount Gravatt
Unfortunately, driving doesn’t seem to be getting any safer on Logan Road. Moving up two spots from the 5th position in 2018, Logan Road’s busy intersection with Creek Road in Mount Gravatt is a perennial crash hot spot.
With drivers converging on this busy road for its local schools and shops, and with commuters using Logan’s Road access to motorways at points both north and south, traffic bottlenecks are frequent. Be sure to watch out for merging vehicles and keep a safe distance between yourself and the car in front.
#2 Gympie Road, Aspley
Keeping its number 2 spot from last year’s AAMI Crash Index, Gympie Road in Aspley is still causing traffic chaos for drivers day and night. A popular artery out of the increasingly congested northern Brisbane suburbs, Gympie Road has a long history of heavy traffic.
Busy intersections, such as at Albany Creek Road, have added extra pressure to drivers who rely on this throughfare to reach growing areas in Bald Hills and Strathpine. The number of traffic lights leading to and from busy neighbouring Chermside have also made these roads a hot spot for drivers running red lights. Stay alert!
#1 Gympie Road, Chermside
And the top spot goes to *drumroll* Gympie Road in Chermside.
Clocking in as Brisbane’s most dangerous hot spot, this active and growing suburb is a notoriously difficult place for drivers to navigate safely. If you are travelling through Chermside, be sure to watch out for cars erratically changing lanes to enter and exit the Westfield shopping centre. This area can become quite congested, so take your time and keep that distance.
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.
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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