Should you stay at home and live like a hermit? Buy a helicopter? Unfortunately, we all can't stay at home or have a personal helicopter on hand so if you must get in a car to get around Melbourne, what is the best way of reducing your chances of getting involved in a car accident?
Well, according to insurance company AAMI, one of the best ways of reducing the risk of a prang is avoiding the following Melbourne roads. AAMI have revealed Melbourne's worst five stretches of road according to the amount of claims they have received.
In total, the following five roads accounted for 727 accidents in the 12 months up to July 2012.
1. Springvale Road in Glen Waverley totalled a whopping 207 accidents. 2. Plenty Road at Bundoora had 190 prangs. 3. Bell Street, Preston accounted for 113 crashes. 4. Princes Highway, Dandenong racked up 110 bingles. 5. Sydney Road in Coburg managed 107 smashes.
AAMI spokesperson Reuben Aitchison said "A moment's lapse in concentration or judgement or letting your impatience get the better of you can easily lead to a crash. Best case scenario you have a fender bender, but unfortunately we also see far worse."
The report stated that nearly 45% of drivers blame other drivers for their accident, while 29% say plain carelessness was a contributing factor in their crash and 28% blame distraction or loss of concentration.
So if you can't avoid driving along these roads Melbourne WeekendNotes readers, drive carefully and keep your eyes peeled. You have been warned.
I mjust saw a rear ender i in Wellington rd Mulgrave. Small car into a 10 ton Truck. Yes It called not paying attention And keep your Distance from the car in front I have 27 years as a DRiving Teacher Main Causes is not staying back far enough from the car in FRont.