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New Melbourne location tops AAMI’s National Crash Index

By  AAMI

New data from national insurer AAMI's 2018 Crash Index revealed the most common car accident locations across Australia, with Melbourne's Plenty Road in Bundoora being dishonourably crowned the nation's new top accident hotspot for the first time ever.

AAMI spokesperson Ms Ashleigh Paterson said Plenty Road in Bundoora had broken Springvale Road at Glen Waverley's five-year hold on the top national spot. "Bundoora's Plenty Road in Melbourne's north-east has several lanes of traffic travelling in both directions and is used by many commuters and locals as it feeds into several other major roads in Melbourne," said Ms Paterson.

"The busy stretch of road features multiple sets of traffic lights and entry points, two of Melbourne's main universities, as well as a key public transport connection with Tram Route 86 down the middle of the road making it prone to extreme congestion during peak hours."

AAMI's 2018 Crash Index revealed new accident hotspots in almost every capital city aside from Adelaide and Perth.

By revealing the locations where accidents commonly occur across Australia, AAMI is tackling road safety head on in a bid to encourage motorists to be more vigilant when travelling through these areas.

Analysis of motor accident insurance claims across the country from 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2018 revealed the top accident-prone location in each capital city to be:

City

Road

Suburb

Melbourne

Plenty Road

Bundoora

Sydney

Hume Highway

Liverpool 

Brisbane

Gympie Road

Chermside

Perth

Albany Highway

Cannington

Canberra

Monaro Highway

Hume

Adelaide

The Parade

Norwood

Hobart
(two locations tied for the #1 hotspot)

Argyle Street
Sandy Bay Road

Hobart
Sandy Bay 

"All of the top hotspots across Australia share commonalities in that there is a high volume of vehicles entering and exiting at multiple intersections, frequent stopping and starting, and constantly changing driver conditions.

"When combined, this creates plenty of opportunities for small misjudgements and lapses in concentration which can lead to serious collisions.

"Concentration is key so we are urging all drivers to be mindful of safe driving behaviours when travelling on our roads, especially when they find themselves in one of these accident-prone areas."

Research* by AAMI into driver behaviours revealed nearly two thirds (67 per cent) of drivers become angry when they see others using a mobile phone while driving.

"Despite this, many drivers are still taking dangerous risks when they are behind the wheel with one in three (35 per cent) people admitting to texting while stopped at a traffic light and one in three people (31 per cent) admit to talking on the phone whilst holding the handset," said Ms Paterson.

"Even more worryingly, one in five people don't know that having a phone conversation with the handset in your hand is illegal and 38 per cent of people don't know that having a phone conversation on speakerphone with the handset in your lap is illegal.

"While it is positive that many drivers are unhappy when they see other motorists using a mobile phone when driving, an alarming number of people are still using their mobile phones while on the road. These are concerning findings as we know mobile use is a leading cause of driver distraction and increases the chance of misjudgements and lapses in concentration, leading to traffic collisions.

"We are urging drivers to limit the use of mobile phones while driving and only unlocking your phone when it is absolutely safe to do so."

*AAMI research surveyed 1,255 Australian drivers aged 16+ from around the country. The research was conducted in 2017 by Lonergan Research.