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Nose-to-tail collisions are the number one crash on NSW roads


New South Wales drivers have more accidents than any other state as a result of failing to give way to other vehicles, according to new data revealed by leading national car insurer, AAMI, in its annual Crash Index.

NSW drivers are also finding themselves in nose-to-tail collisions more often than any other type of crash, and have the second highest rate in the country, outranked only by Victoria. 

Analysis of almost 250,000 accident insurance claims between October 2012 and September 2013, show the top five types of accidents occurring on NSW and Aussie roads are:



1. Nose to tail (28.7%)

1. Nose to tail (27.8%)

2. Failed to give way (22.5%)

2. Parked car dings (21.4%)

3. Parked car dings (20.6%)

3. Failed to give way (20.5%)

4. Collision with a stationary object (13.8%)

4. Collision with a stationary object (14.7%)

5. Collision while reversing (9.9%)

5. Collision while reversing (11%)

Over the years there has been little change in the type of accidents on Australian roads. AAMI’s Crash Index reports show that the incidence of nose-to-tail collisions has remained stable for the past decade, hovering between 27% and 29%. Parked car dings, however, continue on an upward trend having risen from 15% in 2004 to 21.4% in the latest Crash Index.

Although NSW drivers seem to lack patience behind the wheel, drivers nationally are starting to improve their driving skills and behaviours. The proportion of crashes from failing to give way has reduced steadily from 23.1% in 2001 to 20.5% in the past 12 months.

“Worryingly, NSW is above the national average when it comes to nose-to-tails and crashes from failing to give way, so it’s vital for NSW motorists to be aware of the driving behaviours that lead to these particular types of accidents,” said AAMI spokesperson, Reuben Aitchison.

According to Mr Aitchison, impatience is often overlooked as one of the leading factors behind accidents on our roads and can adversely affect our judgement when we need it most.

“Fender benders and prangs from failing to give way tend to happen because of inattention and driver impatience, with the latter often leading to tailgating or following too closely behind other vehicles. By their own admission, nearly three-quarters of drivers who’ve had a prang say it was avoidable, so if we want to see a reduction in accidents on our roads, drivers becoming more patient would be a great start.

“Being a safe driver means accepting the speed limit, understanding that the conditions of the road are always changing and adjusting driving behaviour accordingly. Environmental factors can play havoc on the road and contribute to making them more dangerous so give yourself plenty of room to stop behind the vehicle you are following, especially when road surfaces are wet and slippery.”

Mr Aitchison added: “Drivers must also make a conscious decision in heavy and congested traffic to slow down, keep a safe distance between them and the car in front and resist the urge to weave in and out of lanes. Above all, be extra vigilant behind the wheel as this is the best way to avoid an accident and make our roads safer for everyone.”