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Tassie drivers keep pranging into parked cars and stationary objects

By  AAMI

Almost one in three crashes in Tasmania last year involved parked cars, while a quarter were collisions with stationary objects, according to new data revealed in AAMI's Crash Index.

Over the past few years there has been little change in the most common types of incidents on Tassie roads, with parked car dings and prangs with stationary objects repeatedly topping the list.

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

TAS

National

1.Parked car dings (28.3%)

1. Nose to tail (28.3%)

2. Collision with a stationary object (23.5%)

2. Parked car dings (22%)

3. Nose to tail (13.9%)

3. Failed to give way (19.8%)

4. Failed to give way (12.9%)

4. Collision with a stationary object (14.5%)

5. Collision while reversing (11.2%)

5. Collision while reversing (10.8%)

AAMI's Crash Index found that when compared to the rest of the country, Tassie drivers are worse at collisions while reversing, hitting parked cars and stationary objects. These latter two have risen in proportion in the last 12 months.

AAMI spokesperson, Reuben Aitchison, said that there needs to be a shift in drivers' mindsets: "We are leading busier lives, rushing more and as a consequence letting impatience get the better of us."

"Other culprits are 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 Tassie drivers need to work on."

Analysis of AAMI's national claims data reveal that 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.

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."