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AAMI reveals Hobart's worst accident hotspots

By  AAMI

Sandy Bay Road in Sandy Bay is Hobart’s number one accident hotspot

Sandy Bay Road in Sandy Bay is the most notorious stretch of road in Hobart for car accidents, according to new data revealed by national car insurer, AAMI, in its annual AAMI Crash Index.

Sandy Bay Road has the highest rate of crashes in Hobart, while Argyle Street is the city’s second most dangerous section of road.

Between October 2012 and September 2013 the data shows that the top five crash hotspots in Hobart are:

Road

Suburb

1. Sandy Bay Road

Sandy Bay

2. Argyle Street

Hobart

3. Brooker Highway

Hobart

4. Macquarie Street

Hobart

5. Main Road

Glenorchy

Analysis of almost 250,000 accident insurance claims across the nation, show that the worst locations in Hobart for accidents were on major roads.

AAMI spokesperson, Reuben Aitchison explains: “All the crash hotspots we have identified in Hobart are high traffic routes connecting people between the suburbs and the Hobart CBD. Several stretches of road have varying types of real estate including residential, commercial and shopping complexes, which mean there’s a mix of traffic constantly entering and leaving these areas.”

“Sandy Bay Road in Sandy Bay and Main Road in Glenorchy are quite narrow roads. Both locations have shops on either side of the road as well as street parking which only add to congestion and make it a very busy area,” Mr Aitchison added.

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%).