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Victorian motorists are worst in the country for nose-to-tail accidents


Victorian drivers have the highest incidence of nose to tail accidents in the country, with nearly three out of 10 crashes involving one car colliding into the back of another, according to new data by leading national car insurer, AAMI.

One fifth of VIC drivers are also failing to give way and finding themselves in accidents as a result. Victorians have the second highest rate of failing to give way prangs among all states, outranked only by NSW.

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

VIC

National

1. Nose to tail (28.8%)

1. Nose to tail (27.8%)

2. Failed to give way (21.5%)

2. Parked car dings (21.4%)

3. Parked car dings (21.1%)

3. Failed to give way (20.5%)

4. Collision with a stationary object (13.1%)

4. Collision with a stationary object (14.7%)

5. Collision while reversing (11.7%)

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.

Although VIC drivers seem to lack patience behind the wheel, drivers nationally are starting to improve their driving skills and behaviours. The proportion of crashes from failing to give way has reduced steadily from 23.1% in 2001 to 20.5% in the past 12 months.

“Being worst in the country for nose-to-tails accidents is really not a record to be proud of, so it’s vital for motorists to be aware of the driving behaviours that lead to these particular types of accidents,” said AAMI spokesperson, Reuben Aitchison.

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 tend to happen because 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.”

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