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Nose to Tail prangs are the most common collision on WA roads

By  AAMI

West Australian drivers are crashing nose to tail more often than any other type of prang, while roughly a quarter of all collisions involve hitting a parked car, according to new data revealed in AAMI’s Crash Index.

Analysis of AAMI’s claims data covering almost 15,000 accidents in WA in 2014 showed the five most common types of crashes are:

WA

National

1. Nose to tail (27%)

1. Nose to tail (28.3%)

2. Parked car dings (25.3%)

2. Parked car dings (22%)

3. Collision with a stationary object (17.7%)

3. Failed to give way (19.8%)

4. Failed to give way (15%)

4. Collision with a stationary object (14.5%)

5. Collision while reversing (11.1%)

5. Collision while reversing (10.8%)

AAMI spokesperson, Reuben Aitchison, said that there needs to be a shift in drivers’ mindsets.

"Nose to tail crashes are consistently the number one type of collision over the years and they often related to factors including impatience, distraction and travelling too close to the car in front."

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.

Mr Aitchison commented: "We are leading busier lives, rushing more and as a consequence not paying attention and letting impatience get the better of us."

"Following the person in front too closely or ‘tailgating’ is not going to get you to your destination any faster,” Mr Aitchison said. “If the car in front stops suddenly you won’t have enough time to brake safely and you’re more likely to end up crashing into them, not only causing damage to both cars but potentially injuring yourself and the other driver."

AAMI's Crash Index also highlights that when compared to the rest of the country, WA drivers are worse at collisions while reversing, hitting parked cars and stationary objects.

"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 objects. This is clearly an area that WA drivers need to improve on." Mr Aitchison warned.

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."