‘Australia’s most dangerous roads’ are revealed along with the most common causes of accidents. So how often do you drive on these busy roads?
Australia’s most dangerous road over the past year has been found – with the Victoria hotspot taking the dishonorable title for the sixth year in a row.
National insurer AAMI’s annual Crash Index has revealed Plenty Rd in Bundoora, a northern suburb of Melbourne, is once again the worst offender when it comes to bigles.
The study, covering the period from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023, also found that male drivers were more likely to cause accidents than women, and motorists aged 35 to 49 were most likely to commit violations on our roads.
Nose-and-tail collisions are the most common form of accident, usually occurring on Friday afternoons.
Car crash statistics in Australia show male drivers are more likely to cause accidents, while motorists aged 35 to 49 are most likely to commit offenses (file photo).
Melbourne was joined by Brisbane, Perth and Sydney to retain each city’s number 1 position. 1 collision hotspot, namely Gympie Rd in Chermside, Albany Hwy in Cannington and Hume Hwy in Liverpool respectively.
In each location, the most common type of accident was nose-tail collisions.
Adelaide, Canberra, the NT and Hobart all debuted new sites as worst offenders, welcoming West Terrace in Adelaide, Monaro Hwy in Hume, Stuart Hwy in Katherine and Argyle St in Hobart to the top spot respectively.
Tammy Hall, AAMI’s automotive customer engagement manager, said that despite their geographic distance, each of the identified routes shared some of the same issues.
“These hotspots are typically major roads, intersecting local streets through high-traffic industrial, educational and commercial districts, making them constantly busy throughout the day,” she said.
“Tailgating, driver distraction and potentially road rage can lead to nose-to-tail collisions, and these should be avoided.
“Australian drivers should travel a safe distance behind the car in front of them and ensure they are attentive at all times.”
The same statistics revealed Plenty Rd, in Bundoora, north of Melbourne, (pictured) was the country’s most dangerous road for the sixth year in a row.
The national insurer said the data served as a reminder to Australian drivers to remain vigilant and drive carefully.
“Bumper-to-bumper collisions often occur during rush hour, when roads are busy, patience is running out, drivers are tired from the day and are in a hurry to get to their destination,” Ms. Hall said.
“Most risks on the road can be mitigated if everyone pays attention and drives according to the conditions.
“It’s up to all of us to do what we need to do to keep everyone safe on the road.”