From fender benders to larger crashes, car accidents are an unfortunate risk of driving a car. After you’ve been driving for years though, it’s easy to become complacent, especially on familiar roads near your home. Check out these most common areas for car accidents as a handy reminder to stay alert in these surprising spots.
Roads with high traffic and high speeds
It’s no surprise that high speeds and busy roads are a hazardous combination. Most roads fitting this description run across a city, and are the main byways for transporting daily commuters in and out of the city from the outer suburbs. Speeds on these roads are usually upwards of 70km/hour.
In Melbourne for example, Springvale Road has the highest number of accidents. While it looks like an ordinary road, it connects countless suburbs and schools, and is always exceptionally busy.
If you commute along one of these busy roads, stay aware of pedestrians and all the other busy commuters eager to get to work or make it home.
Slow, boring and tedious traffic is the perfect place to have a fender-bender. While these accidents are slow and usually not dangerous aside from some minor whiplash, they can be frustrating and costly.
Instead of applying your makeup or texting when in traffic, stay alert. It’s in these moments when you’re not paying attention that you’re most susceptible to crashing into someone. The best solution is to maintain space between you and the drivers ahead, and use your horn if you see people aren’t paying attention.
Busy car parks
Car parks filled with busy shoppers rushing to get home are common areas to get into a bingle. Often, the basic ‘give way’ rule leads to confusion, with some people reversing out of parks too quickly, and others trying to rush passed behind them. Much like within slow-moving traffic, these accidents aren’t usually life-threatening, but they will still ruin your day.
If you’re in a busy car park, don’t let yourself become flustered and rushed. Take your time, and reverse really slowly when exiting your parking spot, looking both ways.
Rural roads are common areas for very high speed and dangerous accidents. Rural roads that are straight and flat, like in Australia, cause drivers to lose concentration. Even with no other drivers around, accidents can happen when a driver falls asleep at the wheel, or loses concentration and veers off the road.
These roads usually have very high speed limits so the consequences are high. Just a moment of drifting off, getting lost in a thought, or checking your phone, can lead to serious injury, particularly on highways lined with trees.
Keep temperatures slightly cooler than normal, and play loud, active music to prevent drifting off when driving on long, straight roads.
Within 5 kms of your home
You’ll be surprised to discover most car accidents happen within just 5kms of your home. The roads you drive every single day are so familiar, you feel like you could literally drive them with your eyes closed. Don’t be fooled though, it’s this confidence and lack of concentration that leads to fender benders and accidents.
A new stop sign, speed hump or a new pedestrian crossing can catch you unawares, as can children running out on the street, or a car reversing from a driveway. The best solution is to always stay aware of your surroundings when you’re driving near home, and be aware of any changes to the driving conditions and areas.
Car crashes don’t always happen on the fastest, most difficult roads, they often occur in familiar streets or during your daily commute. Keep your phone away and stay alert even when driving near your home to minimise your chances of getting into a bingle.
Article provided by Sheen Group