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Nose to tail crashes and car park dings top the list in Australia's capital

By  AAMI

Almost one in three collisions in Australia's capital (ACT) are nose to tail crashes while one in five involve hitting a parked car, according to new data revealed in AAMI's Crash Index.

In the past year, the incidence of collisions with a stationary object has increased, moving up from fourth to become the third most common type of accident on ACT roads.

Analysis of AAMI's ACT claims data covering almost 7,000 accidents in 2014 showed the five most common types of crashes are:

ACT

National

1. Nose to tail (28.9%)

1. Nose to tail (28.3%)

2. Parked car dings (21.4%)

2. Parked car dings (22%)

3. Collision with a stationary object (16%)

3. Failed to give way (19.8%)

4. Failed to give way (14.6%)

4. Collision with a stationary object (14.5%)

5. Collision while reversing (11.3%)

5. Collision while reversing (10.8%)

AAMI spokesperson Reuben Aitchison said: "Nose to tail crashes are consistently the number one type of collision on Australian roads and they often related to factors including impatience, distraction and travelling too close to the car in front."

"We've come to expect that in the major cities, where huge traffic volumes and congestion are par for the course, but it's surprising that ACT has a higher percentage of nose to tail collisions given its relative size."

"Feedback from local drivers suggests issues with people failing to correctly indicate when going through Canberra's many roundabouts." Mr Aitchison said. "This is clearly an area that needs improvement, and it wouldn't hurt if drivers, especially those who don't frequent the capital's roads regularly, brushed up on the road rules governing roundabouts."

AAMI's Crash Index highlights that collisions with stationary objects is also an issue with ACT drivers.

"The problem is inattentive driving and not being aware of your surroundings. If you're distracted or in a rush, you're more likely to misjudge distances between cars and bollards in car parks." Mr Aitchison warned.

Analysis of AAMI's national claims data reveal that failure to give-way prangs has been on a downward trend since 2002, while parked car dings have increased by nearly 10% between 1999 and 2014.

As part of the AAMI Crash Index, AAMI surveyed over 3,700 Australians and found that almost half (45%) of drivers who had experienced a crash admitted to changing their driving behaviour by driving slower, leaving more space between cars, or overtaking less often. A quarter (25%) of drivers said they had upgraded their car to a safer model and one in five (21%) had caught public transport more often.

Mr Aitchison concluded: "It's important to remember that almost three quarters of these were not 'accidents', by the driver's own admission – they were avoidable collisions. A little more attention, a little more patience and everyone will get there faster and in one piece."