We probably know what you’re thinking. Why would an Adelaide crash repairs business provide tips on avoiding a car accident? Is it just our good nature and another part of our friendly, helpful service? Certainly, but we also reckon, even if this post goes viral, there’ll still be plenty of fender benders occurring to keep us busy!
8 tips to avoid crash repairs in Adelaide
1. Avoid where crashes occur
Our first tip is simple – avoid the places where car accidents occur more frequently. According to insurer AAMI and their Crash Index for 2022, in Adelaide the number one crash hotspot is Prospect Road, Prospect. This is followed by Unley Road, Unley, Henley Beach Road, Torrensville and South Road, Edwardstown.
2. Don’t drive Thursdays
Other information to come from the Crash Index 2022 that may help you avoid a car crash is that Thursday is the most common day for accidents. In addition, a collision with a stationary object is the most common crash type and the most dangerous time to be on the road is between 1pm and 4.30pm and particularly around school pick-up.
3. Avoid the Fatal 5
Avoid some of the most common hazards that result in road accidents and, more importantly, deaths on our roads. South Australia Police calls these the Fatal 5 and they include:
- Drink and drug driving
- Distractions (particularly using a mobile phone)
- Not wearing a seat belt
- Reckless driving.
4. Weather Conditions
Weather conditions can also be a significant player in road crashes, leading to many crash repairs in Adelaide. While it can be difficult to avoid if you do have a choice, steer clear of driving during heavy rain, snow (we don’t see a lot of snow in Adelaide, we know!), hail, high winds and other inclement weather conditions. If you can’t avoid the conditions, take extra care when the weather is poor.
5. Avoid Carparks
You should avoid carparks if you possibly can. A massive 21,000 crashes occurred in Australian carparks in 2021 and that’s just the ones that were reported. Perhaps not surprisingly, December was the worst month. Westfield Tea Tree Plaza in Modbury is the worst car park for crashes in Adelaide, according to Suncorp.
6. Ignore lights and signs
Ignoring red lights and stop signs is another common cause of car crashes and, therefore crash repairs.
7. Night Driving
Driving at night heightens the chances of a traffic accident due mostly to poorer visibility. Like the weather, generally, you can’t avoid driving at night, but when doing so, take extra precautions.
8. Driver Fatigue
Lastly, driver fatigue remains a leading cause of car crashes in Adelaide and the rest of Australia. This is perhaps even more so on regional roads, where a micro sleep or momentary loss of concentration due to drowsiness can be catastrophic.
According to Road Sense Australia, 20 to 30 per cent of all car crashes are attributable to fatigue. Stop, revive, and survive remains a valuable message to keep in mind.