Friday, August 24th, 2012 - AAMI
Springvale Road in Glen Waverley has the dubious honour of being Melbourne’s worst hot spot for car crashes, according to claims data to be revealed for the first time by leading national car insurer, AAMI, in its forthcoming 2012 AAMI Crash Index.
Springvale Road also has distinction of being the worst stretch of road in the country, seeing more accidents in the last 12 months than any other.

After examining almost 275,000 accident claims across Australia between July 2011 and June 2012, the top five crash hot spots in Melbourne are:
1. Springvale Road, Glen Waverley
2. Plenty Road, Bundoora
3. Bell Street, Preston
4. Princes Highway, Dandenong
5. Sydney Road, Coburg

On average, AAMI sees roughly two crashes every single day at Melbourne’s top 5 crash hot spots alone, according to AAMI spokesperson, Reuben Aitchison.

“Each of the crash hot spots in Melbourne that AAMI has identified are both high-traffic and have relatively high speed limits. VicRoads does a lot of research and analysis of road conditions to ensure that the safety measures and speed limits in place are appropriate and are there for a reason,” Mr Aitchison added.

“A moment’s lapse in concentration or judgment 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.”

As part of the 2012 AAMI Crash Index AAMI surveyed* more than 3,700 motorists from across Australia and found that a quarter of drivers admit to having an accident in the last five years. Two thirds (68%) say that accident was avoidable.

Nearly half (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.

Asking Australians what methods should be employed to make the roads safer and reduce crashes yielded some interesting results, according to Mr Aitchison.

“More than half of the drivers surveyed felt that tougher penalties (58%) and mandatory safe driving courses (56%) would bring down the number of crashes on our roads.”

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