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Parked car dings are the number one crash on SA roads

By  AAMI

A quarter of collisions in South Australia involve hitting a parked car, according to new data revealed in AAMI's Crash Index.

In the past year, the rate of parked car dings has overtaken nose to tail collisions and is now the number one type of crash on SA roads.

Analysis of AAMI's claims data covering almost 9,000 accidents in South Australia in 2014 showed the five most common types of crashes are:

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1.Parked car dings (24.1%)

1. Nose to tail (28.3%)

2. Nose to tail (23.4%)

2. Parked car dings (22%)

3. Failed to give way (18.4%)

3. Failed to give way (19.8%)

4. Collision with a stationary object (17.5%)

4. Collision with a stationary object (14.5%)

5. Collision while reversing (11.2%)

5. Collision while reversing (10.8%)

AAMI spokesperson, Reuben Aitchison, said: "Parked car dings can involve shopping centre car parks, or just side swiping cars parked at the side of the road on tight shopping streets are on he rise. We are leading busier lives, rushing more and as a consequence not paying attention and letting impatience get the better of us."

AAMI's Crash Index also highlights that when compared to the rest of the country, South Australian drivers are worse at collisions while reversing and hitting 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, shopping trolleys and bollards in car parks. This is clearly an area that South Australian drivers need to improve on." Mr Aitchison warned.

"Nose to tail crashes are often related to factors including impatience, distraction and travelling too close to the car in front."

"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."

Analysis of AAMI's claims data reveal that across the country 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."