Insurer AAMI has released its annual list of Australia’s worst collision hot-spots, showing improvement in some areas and several repeat offenders.
Thousands of insurance claims were analysed across the country to compile the list, with the insurer finding the same old black spots continue to appear in the list for some states.
In Melbourne, Springvale Road in Glen Waverly again features at the top of the list while the same road at Springvale also remains steady as the third-worst collision hot spot in Victoria.
Plenty Road in Bundoora and Bell Street in Preston retained their positions from last year, while Doncaster Road in Doncaster has been displaced in the top five by the Princes Highway in Dandenong.
For Sydney, last year’s list has gone out the window with the Hume Highway at Liverpool now the state’s most crash-prone road.
In fact, last year’s crash leader - the Pacific Highway at Chatswood - has improved to number 5 in the list, ahead of Epping Road, North Ryde (fourth), Princes Highway, Rockdale (third) and the M4 Motorway at Parramatta (second).
Pennant Hills Road and Victoria Road have both improved from last year beyond the top-five list.
“Each of the hotspots in Sydney is a multi-lane road which links to major shopping centres or hubs and carry a lot of trucks, busses and trailers,” AAMI spokesperson, Reuben Aitchison, said.
“Infrastructure development around the Hume Highway in Liverpool and development of Parramatta as Sydney’s second CBD are creating higher levels of traffic and congestion in these areas. Population growth in Greater Western Sydney also contributes to increased traffic volumes and congestion.”
Elsewhere in Australia, Brisbane’s top-two collision hot spots were Gympie Road, Chermside and Mains Road, Sunnybank - retaining their positions from last year - while Stafford Road exits the top-five list; replaced by Ipswich Road, Annerley in third place.
Adelaide’s top-three was again dominated by North and West Terraces, while Port Road dropped out of the top-five from last year with the Salisbury Highway at Salisbury moving into third place.
Perth was another city to see a new top-five list, although the Albany Highway at Cannington still topped the list followed by Joondalup Drive, Joondalup and Pinjarra Road, Mandurah.
Hobart’s top-five was also shuffled around with Macquarie Street in the CBD now the worst collision hot spot, followed by Davey Street and the Brooker Highway. Sandy Bay Road dropped from first to fourth from last year.
Canberra Avenue in Fyshwick jumped from number three to number one in this year’s top-five for the ACT, while Gundaroo Drive, Gungahlin and Parkes Way finished second and third respectively; displacing Northbourne Avenue and Benjamin Way which drop out of the top-five.
In addition to the crash data, AAMI surveyed over 3700 people on driving habits with 74 percent of respondents reporting their most recent collision was ‘avoidable’.
A full 40 percent of respondents pointed the finger at other motorists as the main cause of collisions, while 29 percent admitted to distraction or loss of concentration as a key factor.
Carelessness ranked high at 24 percent, followed by traffic congestion and bad weather (12 percent each), impatience and bad roads (11 percent each).
Just eight percent felt that speeding was a factor, while fatigue and alcohol was also considered a largely insignificant factor in most accidents at seven percent each.
AAMI found that 75 percent of respondents believed tougher penalties for unsafe driving behaviour would improve collision rates, while 72 percent supported mandatory safe driving courses.
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Australia’s Collision Hot Spots - 2015
- Springvale Road, Glen Waverley
- Plenty Road, Bundoora
- Springvale Road, Springvale
- Bell Street, Preston
- Princes Highway, Dandenong
New South Wales
- Hume Highway, Liverpool
- M4 Motorway, Parramatta
- Princes Highway, Rockdale
- Epping Road, North Ryde
- Pacific Highway, Chatswood
- Gympie Road, Chermside
- Mains Road, Sunnybank
- Ipswich Road, Annerley
- Robina Town Centre, Robina
- Logan Road, Mount Gravatt
- North Terrace, Adelaide
- West Terrace, Adelaide
- Salisbury Highway, Salisbury
- Main North Road, Pooraka
- Main Road, Blackwood
- Albany Highway, Cannington
- Joondalup Drive, Joondalup
- Pinjarra Road, Mandurah
- Nicholson Road, Canning Vale
- Canning Highway, Como
- Macquarie Street, Hobart
- Davey Street, Hobart
- Brooker Highway, Hobart
- Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay
- Main Road, Glenorchy
Australian Capital Territory
- Canberra Avenue, Fyshwick
- Gundaroo Drive, Gungahlin
- Parkes Way, Canberra
- Federal Highway, Canberra
- Monaro Highway, Hume