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AAMI reveals Canberra's worst accident hotspots

By  AAMI

Northbourne Avenue in Canberra has city’s highest crash rate

Northbourne Avenue in Canberra is the worst place in the city for car accidents, according to new data revealed by national car insurer, AAMI, in its annual AAMI Crash Index.

Northbourne Avenue has knocked Monaro Hwy in Tuggeranong off the top of the list of the most accident prone stretch of road in Canberra, seeing more accidents in the last 12 months than any other, while Benjamin Way in Belconnen had the second highest number of crash claims.

Analysis of almost 250,000 accident insurance claims across the nation between October 2012 and September 2013 show the top five crash hotspots in Canberra are:

Road

Suburb

1. Northbourne Avenue

Canberra

2. Benjamin Way

Belconnen

3. Canberra Avenue

Fyshwick

4. Gundaroo Drive

Gungahlin

5. Commonwealth Avenue

Canberra

AAMI spokesperson, Reuben Aitchison explains: “Each of the hotspots we identified in Canberra are main roads with heavy traffic, particularly Northbourne Avenue, Benjamin Way and Canberra Avenue, which are all 3-lane highways.

“Canberra Avenue in Fyshwick is heavily congested and many motorists become impatient waiting to get onto this stretch of road from Geelong Street. However, thankfully new lights are being put in soon which should help improve things. Gundaroo Drive is another interesting road with relatively high speed limits up to 80kms and constant merging and de-merging traffic lanes which is most certainly a key contributing factor to accidents on this stretch.”

 As part of the Crash Index, AAMI asked 3,726 drivers across Australia about their accident history and found that a quarter of motorists have experienced an accident in the last five years. 71% say that accident was avoidable.

Almost half (46%) of drivers blame other drivers for the cause of their crash. 23% admit to being careless while behind the wheel and nearly a third (28%) identified distraction or loss of concentration as a contributing factor, with men being the worst offenders (32%) compared to just under one in four women (24%).

Mr Aitchison said: “On the upside, we’ve seen a reduction in speeding which has almost halved from 11% to 6%. Fatigue has also reduced significantly from 10% to 6%, which indicates that road safety campaigns about how speed and fatigue kill are getting through to Aussie motorists.” 

Top 10 Contributing Factors

1. Other driver(s)

46%

2. Distraction/Loss of concentration

28%

3. Carelessness

23%

4. Bad Weather

12%

5. Impatience

12%

6. Traffic Congestion

10%

7. Bad roads/infrastructure

10%

8. Fatigue

6%

9. Speeding

6%

10. Animal on road

5%

“Being a safe driver means maintaining focus and staying calm behind the wheel. However, all too often when we find ourselves driving through roadworks or slow moving traffic we become impatient, speed or weave in and out of traffic lanes. If we want to see fewer accidents we need to change this behaviour,” he concluded.

The majority of accidents happen towards the end of the week with Fridays and Thursdays being the worst days for car accidents. Unsurprisingly Sundays are when we are seeing the least amount of accidents occur (9.8%).