What Types Of Accidents Are The Most Common In Sydney
Wondering what type of road crash is the most common on NSW roads? In this blog from LTrent Driving School, we’ll take a look at the top 6 most common types of accidents in Sydney. Knowing the most common types of car accidents in Australia can help you become a better driver, and avoid a car crash!
1. Rear-End Collisions (Nose-To-Tail Collisions) (31%)
Vehicle accidents involving rear-end collisions can be very dangerous. Fatal crashes due to nose-to-tail collisions are not uncommon, especially on highways.
Rear-end collisions occur when drivers take their eyes off the road and do not notice the car in front of them braking, or fail to maintain the proper distance between their vehicle and the car in front of them.
To avoid them, make sure you are not distracted from your surroundings. Do not take your eyes off the road, and maintain a gap of at least 2 seconds between you and the car in front of you to ensure you can respond if you must brake suddenly.
2. Failed To Give Way (26%)
Failing to give way is another major cause of serious crashes and road death in Sydney. If you enter an intersection improperly and fail to give way to the driver with the right of way, you are putting yourself in a very dangerous situation.
Make sure that you always obey laws regarding right of way, and choose gaps in traffic for turns wisely. Doing so will help keep you and other road users safe.
3. Collision With Stationary Object (17%)
Colliding with an object like a mailbox, light pole, guard rail or another such stationary object is also a very common type of accident in Sydney. Most commonly, this occurs when you take your eyes off of the road or are distracted while driving, or when you’ve lost control of your vehicle due to inclement weather conditions.
4. Collision While Reversing (11%)
These collisions are rarely life-threatening, but are still dangerous and very inconvenient. To avoid collisions while reversing, make sure you check behind you with your mirrors and by turning around and looking behind you before backing out of a parking space.
5. Collision With Parked Cars (7%)
Similarly to colliding with stationary objects, this is often caused by taking your eyes off of the road, or by loss of vehicle control in inclement weather.
6. Hit An Animal (6%)
Kangaroos make up about 90% of animal accidents in Sydney and NSW. Be very careful when driving at dusk or dawn in areas known to have a lot of kangaroos. Keep your speed low in these areas – the slower you go, the more time you have to react.
If you do end up in a situation where you will hit a kangaroo, do not swerve off of the road, as this is usually more dangerous than hitting the animal. Brake heavily to reduce your speed as much as possible before hitting the kangaroo.
Stay Safe On Australian Roads!
Everyone can do their part to reduce the number of road crashes that occur on Australian roads. Fewer crashes mean fewer road fatalities. If you’re a road user in NSW, it’s important to understand the most common types of crashes – and take steps to prevent them.
Want more information? Interested in defensive driver training or driving lessons? Contact LTrent Driving School now to learn more about the Safer Drivers Course which helps learner drivers reduce risks and anticipate hazard situations by making well-informed decisions on the road. Call 02 8748 4500 or book online today.