Collisions in each state highlight differences in driving patterns

Brad Buzzard 7 December 2017 NEWS

Man standing next to car after accident

Distracted driving is one thing they all have in common.

States with more people have higher rates of nose-to-tail accidents whereas less populous states have higher rates of collisions with stationary objects, according to AAMI’s latest Crash Index.

Don’t be surprised if you get bumped from behind in Victoria. Victoria has the highest rate of nose-to-tail collisions, which make up 33% of all claims in the state. The national average is 31%, making nose-to-tail collisions the number one type of accident in Australia.

AAMI spokesperson Michael Mills thinks many of these accidents could be avoided if people would just stop tailgating.

“Maintaining a good distance between you and the car in front is one of the most effective ways of keeping everyone safe, and it allows additional time to stop if the car in front suddenly brakes,” Mills said in a statement.

Don’t expect drivers in New South Wales to share their lanes. AAMI’s analysis shows that 25% of all NSW claims involve failure to give way. This is the highest in the country, with the national average being 23%.

Tasmania is the most dangerous place to be a fence, with a whopping 31% of claims there involving collisions with stationary objects. The national average is 21%.

All of these accidents have one thing in common: distracted driving. A 2017 AAMI survey of Australian drivers shows that in the past year, 22% of Australian drivers reported a near miss as a result of distracted driving.

Australians find it difficult to internalise how easy it is to become distracted. More than 90% of Australian drivers become angry when they see other motorists using a mobile phone while driving. Despite feeling this way, nearly 40% of drivers are tempted to check their phones when they hear a text come through.

“If you get behind the wheel of a car you should be driving to the conditions and concentrating on what’s in front of you and what’s around you. Taking your eyes off the road for just a split second can have devastating consequences, and even the smallest distraction can be deadly. It’s just not worth the risk,” Mills warned.

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