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Tasmanian drivers continue their love affair with bollards!


Tassie drivers are pranging their vehicles into stationary objects more often than moving vehicles, according to new data revealed by leading national car insurer, AAMI, in its annual Crash Index.

Parked car dings have returned to the top of the list of crashes on Tasmanian roads, followed by collisions with stationary objects, which remains the second most common crash. The incidence of nose-to-tails has increased, moving from fourth to third place, while collisions due to failing to give way dropped from third place last year to fourth. 

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

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1. Parked car dings (27.1%)

1. Nose to tail (27.8%)

2. Collision with a stationary object (22.5%)

2. Parked car dings (21.4%)

3. Nose to tail (14.1%)

3. Failed to give way (20.5%)

4. Failed to give way (13.7%)

4. Collision with a stationary object (14.7%)

5. Collision while reversing (11.6%)

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.

“Tasmania doesn’t have the high levels of traffic density or congestion as major cities so it’s not surprising that the Apple Isle has a higher rate of prangs with parked cars and stationary objects,” said AAMI spokesperson, Reuben Aitchison.

“However, the proportion of collisions with stationary objects and parked cars on Tasmanian roads is slightly more than last year, indicating that Tassie drivers are getting worse at judging safe distances and paying attention, which is just as important on the open roads as it is when parking or reversing.

“Crashes with stationary objects in Tasmania tend to involve bollards at shopping centres and walls and columns in garages. 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,” explained Mr Aitchison.

He said: “Fortunately, most of these accidents are relatively minor, but if we want to see a reduction in more serious accidents on our roads, motorists need to drive responsibly to the conditions of the road. Being a safe driver means accepting and understanding that the conditions of the road are always changing and we need to adjust our driving behaviour accordingly.

“Environmental factors can play havoc on the road and contribute to making them more dangerous so give yourself plenty of room between parked and moving vehicles, especially when road surfaces are wet and slippery.”

Mr Aitchison added: “Drivers must also make a conscious decision to slow down in congested traffic, 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.

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