The most dangerous streets in the country for motor vehicle accidents have been revealed.
Plenty Road in the northern Melbourne suburb of Bundoora has been named Australia’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 for five years in a row.
‘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 Gympie Road in Chermside has the most collisions in Brisbane.
In Canberra, the Monaro Highway in Hume takes the title.
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 title – Argyle Street in Hobart and Sandy Bay Road in Sandy Bay.
The research shows all the accident hot spots share common features such as a high volume of traffic, multiple intersections, frequent stopping and starting, and constantly changing driving 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.
About 35 per cent admit to texting while waiting at traffic lights and 31 per cent say they had a conversation on the phone while holding the handset as they drove.
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.