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Sydney's top 5 most dangerous roads of 2019 – revealed!
Zipping through the hip Sydney streets? Pay attention! The newly released 2019 AAMI Crash Index* may be of particular concern to your regular commute.
#5 Richmond Road, Marsden park
A new entry to the New South Wales top 5 hot spots, Richmond Road in Marsden Park is a developing area that shows no sign of slowing down.
New housing developments are on the rise, which means thousands more motorists will potentially be using this road every day. Be on the lookout for merging traffic, motorcyclists and, of course, the distracted drivers who make all our roads more dangerous.
#4 Pacific Highway, Chatswood
The North Shore’s main arterial road combines heavy commuter and commercial traffic and busy shopping strips. Sydney drivers know that peak times on the Pacific Highway often stretch from dawn until late.
While this hot spot’s position at number 4 hasn’t shifted from last year’s Index, at least there’s a silver lining. In the past year the total number of crashes has declined slightly. If the pace of development in the area takes a breather, perhaps we’ll continue to see improvement in the year ahead.
#3 Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills
Are you a regular commuter through Pennant Hills? If so, you may have noticed that bumper-to-bumper traffic is a common sight.
Regular use by larger vehicles at peak times and recent high-rise apartment booms have made this stretch of road a headache with locals. Make sure you leave plenty of room between your car and the vehicle in front – this road is slow going, but leaving a bit more distance can help you avoid a prang.
#2 Victoria Road, West Ryde
Riding through West Ryde? Then you’ll need to be vigilant when travelling along Victoria Road.
Located just west of inner-city Ryde and bordering a busy TAFE campus, West Ryde is a hot spot for traffic issues. Best to keep an eye out for wandering pedestrians leaving the shops and avoid driving in the designated bus lanes in this accident-prone area.
#1 Hume Highway, Liverpool
And the winner is? The Hume Highway running through Liverpool.
This isn’t the first time this particular stretch of road has taken out the top Sydney spot on our Index. The heavy-use area has topped our hot spots countdown many times, including from 2014-2016 and 2018. Clearly, on this stretch of highway it’s worth being extra careful, no matter what time of day you’re behind the wheel.
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, 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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