Should you stay at home and live like a hermit? Buy a helicopter? Unfortunately, we can't all stay at home or have a personal helicopter on hand so if you must get in a car to get around Sydney, what is the best way of avoiding 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 Sydney roads. AAMI have revealed Sydney's worst five stretches of roads according to the amount of claims received.
In total, these five roads accounted for 685 accidents in the 12 months up to July 2012;
1. The Hume Highway at Liverpool totalled a whopping 183 crashes. 2. Pennant Hills Rd in Pennant Hills had 156 accidents. 3. The Princes Highway in Rockdale racked up 135 smashes. 4. The M4 Motorway at Silverwater managed 120 bingles. 5. Epping Road in Macquarie Park accounted for 91 prangs.
If there is any good news in these statistics, it's that there was only one death involved.
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 WeekendNotes readers, drive carefully and keep your eyes peeled. You have been warned!