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Melbourne’s top 5 most dangerous roads of 2019 – revealed!
The 2019 AAMI Crash Index* is hot off the press and wowsers, there are a few worrying hot spots out there! From prangs to pile-ups, AAMI has taken a deep dive into thousands of insurance claims to paint a clear picture of the most dangerous roads around Melbourne.
Ready to count down the top 5 accident hot spots? If they’re in your local area, you may want to pay extra attention.
#5 Doncaster Road, Doncaster
Heading into the busy intersection with Tram Road, the Westfield Doncaster shopping centre attracts traffic from across the local suburbs. Unfortunately, Doncaster Road is also attracting a fair number of crashes.
Whether you’re heading home or heading out for a bit of retail therapy, stay alert. Doncaster Road can get pretty hairy, even outside of sale season.
#4 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood
Traffic’s improving in Ringwood itself now that commuters can hop on the Bypass. But they’re hopping off onto the Maroondah Highway and that’s where they’re getting into a serious hot spot. Moving up all the way from number 14 in 2018 to number 4 today, the Maroondah Highway is a commuter highway and shopping strip where drivers need to stay cautious and alert.
#3 Springvale Road, Springvale
Springvale is a delightfully multicultural area renowned for its delicious Asian cuisines. Of course, it’s also famous for its heavy traffic. Make sure you leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front in this accident-prone area. Locals know to allow extra time (and car space) to ensure the commute is an uneventful, if slow, affair.
#2 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley
Springvale Road moves up (or down?) a notch to number 2, after claiming the spot at number 3 among Melbourne’s most dangerous roads last year. Also known as Route 40, Springvale Road is the longest urban highway in Melbourne, connecting the Tullamarine Freeway and the Nepean Highway.
Running through busy eastern suburbs, Springvale Road is a hot spot for accidents involving large commercial trucks as well as heavy traffic. Many traffic lights also mean lots of starting and stopping. If you’re driving through Glen Waverley, make sure you stay alert and focused – especially in speed zones over 60km/h.
#1 Plenty Road, Bundoora
We have a winner…so to speak. Based on our data, Bundoora has been Melbourne’s most crash-prone road for two years in a row! Whether it’s P-Platers on their way to RMIT, impatient commuters heading to and from the Ring Road, or weekend drivers headed to the green hills further north, this busy stretch of highway is a high-risk thoroughfare seven days a week.
While total crashes on Plenty Road have dropped since 2018, don’t be one of the drivers keeping it at the top of Melbourne’s list. Be sure to take extra care on this Bundoora strip.
On the road? Stay vigilant!
Whether or not you live in one of the hot spot areas, there are smart ways you can be a safer driver every day.
Dan Leslie from Murcotts Advanced Driving, the experts behind AAMI’s Skilled Drivers course, knows how important the principles of defensive driving are to minimising risks.
“There are two key principles to safe driving, Look Up and Stay Back,” says Dan.
“Many drivers believe they should look only two or three vehicles ahead in traffic. However you should be looking much further than that. Good drivers look towards the horizon, scanning well ahead and from side-to-side. This allows you to detect hazards early and adjust your driving accordingly.
“Not leaving enough room between vehicles is another major contributor to vehicle crashes. No matter what speed you’re driving, you should leave a minimum two to three second driving gap between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead.
“As long as you’re alert and concentrating, when you stay back this distance you’ll be in a much better position to react to an emergency and avoid a collision. Of course, if you’re towing, driving a four-wheel-drive vehicle or if it’s raining, you’ll want to leave even more distance to be safe,” says Dan.
Make sure you’re prepared
- Australia’s most dangerous roads for 2019
- Sydney’s top 5 most dangerous roads
- Brisbane’s top 5 most dangerous roads
* The AAMI Crash Index is based on motor accident insurance claims made by customers of all AAI Limited’s brands including AAMI, GIO, Suncorp Insurance, Shannons, APIA, Bingle, CIL Insurance, Vero, and Essentials by AAI. 2019 claims data calculated from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019, and 2018 claims data calculated from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.
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