Parked cars, stationary objects a problem for Tasmanian drivers, AAMI crash data shows
The good news is Tasmanians are better than average at avoiding rear-enders and failures to give way. (ABC News: Ros Lehman)
Tasmanian drivers are the worst in the country for hitting parked cars, according to new data collated by a major insurance company.
- The report looked at data from 8,000 accidents
- Nearly a third of Tasmanian crashes were collisions with stationary objects
- Insurer blames driver distraction, or multi-tasking while driving
And motorists on Tasmanian roads are almost twice as likely as those driving on the mainland to hit an animal.
Crash Index data from more than 8,000 accidents between July 2017 and June 2018, released by insurer AAMI, has revealed 11 per cent of all car crashes in Tasmania were instances of drivers running into parked cars — well above the national average of 8 per cent.
Tasmanian drivers were also particularly bad at colliding with stationary objects, with that being the number one crash type, constituting 29 per cent of total crashes.
Eighteen per cent of crashes in Tasmania were caused by failure to give way, but that rate was less than the 23 per cent national average.
Tasmanian drivers are also less likely to be in nose-to-tail collisions, with that accident type making up 17 per cent of crashes compared with 31 per cent nationally.
Nose-to-tail: Tasmania 17 per cent, national 31 per cent
Failed to give way: Tas 18 per cent, nat 31 per cent
Hitting stationary object: Tas 29 per cent, nat 31 per cent
Collision while reversing: Tas 13 per cent, nat 31 per cent
Collision with parked car: Tas 11 per cent, nat 31 per cent
Hitting an animal: Tas 11 per cent, nat 6 per cent
Other: Tas 2 per cent, nat 1 per cent
The data also revealed key times of day that crashes in Tasmania were most common, with the hours between 1:00pm and 4:30pm the worst, with 27 per cent.
The authors wrote this could be linked to heightened traffic during school pickup times.
The second most common time for crashes is the morning commute between 9:30am and 1:00pm, making up 24 per cent of crashes.
One in five crashes occurred on a Friday, while only 10 per cent happened on a Sunday, making it the least likely day to be in a crash.
While the data doesn’t include information on where they crashes took place, previous research has identified Argyle Street and Sandy Bay Road as Hobart’s most accident-prone areas.
The report said drivers hitting animals made up 11 per cent of crash reports in Tasmania, compared to 6 per cent elsewhere.
Prangs most likely in old cars
The report noted the propensity for Tasmanians to crash into stationary objects as likely due to drivers not paying enough attention to their surroundings and becoming distracted.
More crashes are caused by hitting animals than anywhere else in Australia. (Supplied: Environment Department)
General Manager of the Tasmanian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (TACC), Malcolm Little, said Tasmania had the oldest vehicle fleet in Australia, which could also contribute to the higher rate of low-speed crashes.
“The average age of a car in Tasmania is 11.9 years, which means we have less of the newer vehicles with modern technology in them that avoids accidents,” Mr Little said.
“Today, you can very easily purchase a vehicle that automatically brakes at low speed, or have sound sensors letting you know you’re getting close to something you may not be able to see, and of course reverse cameras.”
Mr Little said the safety features being added to modern cars were “really important and until out fleet modernises, they won’t be common”.