The most dangerous streets in the country for motor vehicle accidents have been revealed.
Melbourne’s Plenty Road in Bundoora has been dishonourably named as the nation’s top accident spot for the first time, according to the 2018 National Crash Index released by insurer AAMI on Wednesday.
Springvale Road at Glen Waverley, also in suburban Melbourne, had previously held the title of Australia’s worst road for five years in a row.
The most dangerous streets in the country for motor vehicle accidents have been revealed by a new study released on Wednesday
‘Plenty Road in Melbourne’s north-east has several lanes of traffic in both directions… multiple sets of traffic lights, two of Melbourne’s main universities, and Tram Route 86 down the middle… making it prone to extreme congestion during peak hours,’ AAMI spokesperson Ms Ashleigh Paterson said.
The data, gathered using insurance claims filed nationwide from August 2017 to July 2018, revealed new crash hotspots in almost every capital city apart from Adelaide and Perth.
In Sydney, the top vehicle accident spot is the Hume Highway in Liverpool, while in Brisbane Gympie Road in Chermside has the most collisions.
In Canberra, the Monaro Highway in Hume takes the title.
Heading west, Adelaide’s most dangerous road has been revealed as The Parade in Norwood.
In Perth, the Albany Highway in Cannington was deemed the worst.
Finally, in Hobart two locations tied for the worst road – Argyle Street in Hobart and Sandy Bay Road in Sandy Bay.
The research shows all the accident hotspots share common features such as a high volume of traffic, multiple intersections, frequent stopping and starting, and constantly changing driver conditions.
‘When combined, this creates plenty of opportunities for small misjudgements and lapses in concentration which can lead to serious collisions,’ Ms Paterson said.
‘Concentration is key so we are urging all drivers to be mindful of safe driving behaviours when travelling on our roads, especially when they find themselves in one of these accident-prone areas.’
Research into driver behaviour, also conducted by the insurer, showed that drivers are still taking dangerous risks with 35 per cent admitting to texting while waiting at traffic lights
Research into driver behaviour, also conducted by the insurer, showed that drivers are still taking dangerous risks.
About 35 per cent admitting to texting while waiting at traffic lights and 31 per cent saying they had a conversation on the phone while holding the handset.
The data also showed that 67 per cent of drivers become angry when they see other drivers using their mobile phones while behind the wheel.
Surprisingly, 38 per cent of people don’t know that having a phone conversation on speakerphone with the handset in your lap is illegal.
‘We know mobile use is a leading cause of driver distraction and increases the chance of misjudgements and lapses in concentration, leading to traffic collisions,’ Ms Paterson said.
ROADS WITH MOST ACCIDENTS NATIONWIDE 2017 – 2018
Hume Highway, Liverpool
Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills
M4 Motorway, Parramatta
Pacific Highway, Chatswood
Stacey Street, Bankstown
Monaro Highway, Hume
Canberra Avenue, Fyshwick
Gundaroo Drive, Gungahlin
Anketell Street, Greenway
Gungahlin Drive, Gungahlin
Albany Highway, Cannington
Great Eastern Highway, Midland
Garden City, Booragoon
Ranford Road, Canning Vale
Joondalup Drive, Joondalup
Gympie Road, Chermside
Gympie Road, Aspley
Indooroopilly Shopping Centre
Mains Road, Sunnybank
Logan Road, Mount Gravatt
Plenty Road, Bundoora
Doncaster Road, Doncaster
Springvale Road, Glen Waverley
Burwood Highway, Ferntree Gully
Stud Road, Rowville
The Parade, Norwood
Marion Road, Marion
Bridge Road, Para Hills
Brighton Road, Brighton
North East Road, Modbury
Argyle Street, Hobart
Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay
Macquarie Street, Hobart
Brooker Highway, Hobart
Davey Street, Hobart