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WA drivers crash nose-to-tail and into parked cars

By  AAMI

West Australian drivers are finding themselves in nose-to-tail accidents more often than any other type of crash, with nearly three out of 10 crashes involving one car colliding into the back of another, according to new data from leading national car insurer, AAMI. 

Analysis of almost 250,000 accident insurance claims between October 2012 and September 2013 as part of the annual AAMI Crash Index, show the top five types of accidents happening on WA and Aussie roads are:

WA

National

1. Nose to tail (27%)

1. Nose to tail (27.8%)

2. Parked car dings (24%)

2. Parked car dings (21.4%)

3. Collision with a stationary object (17.1%)

3. Failed to give way (20.5%)

4. Failed to give way (15.9%)

4. Collision with a stationary object (14.7%)

5. Collision while reversing (12.3%)

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.

“Worryingly, almost a quarter of all accidents on WA roads are parked car dings, which is high compared with 21.4% nationally. A lot of these types of accidents tend to happen in shopping centre car parks where turning circles are a lot tighter than they once were,” said AAMI spokesperson, Reuben Aitchison.

Accidents on WA roads as a result of failing to give way have come down slightly in the last year, along with fewer nose-to-tail collisions. This indicates drivers are becoming more patient, however improvement is still needed.

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 are often a result of inattention and driver impatience, with the latter frequently leading to tailgating or following too closely behind other cars. 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.”