Mains Road, Sunnybank and Logan Road, Mt Gravatt: Among Top 20 Car Crash Hot Spots, Data Revealed

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Motorists beware! Be more alert and always obey road rules, especially when driving down Mains Road, Sunnybank and Logan Road, Mt Gravatt — two of the top car crash hot spots, according to the latest insurance claims data.

The latest report from the State’s peak motoring body, RACQ, revealed the list of 20 most accident-prone areas. The report is based on insurance claims data covering 1 January 2015 to 31 October 2018.

The 20 car crash hotspots list ranked Mains Road, Sunnybank and Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains, fourth and fifth respectively. Gympie Road, which runs through Chermside, Aspley, and Kedron, is the top car crash hotspot, according to the report.

“Unfortunately, the top 20 list is made up of a lot of the usual suspects. Gympie Road took out the top three spots, with Mains Road at Sunnybank and Logan Road at Eight Mile Plains rounding out the top five,” RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said

Roads that made the list, Ms Clinton said, are the typically heavily congested, high volume, and multi-lane roads with many intersections and locations for interactions between multiple vehicles.

Mains Rd, Sunnybank QLD 4109, Australia

“A large portion of the crashes will be rear-end crashes which happen during congestion and at traffic lights and sideswipes and crashes where drivers have failed to give way properly.”

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“As always when behind the wheel, but even more so on busy roads, drivers need to avoid distraction, obey traffic signals, give way correctly, travel at a safe following distance and carefully check blind spots and indicate when merging or change lanes,” advised Ms Clinton.

Some road rules for everyday driving according to the Queensland Government website:

Changing Lanes

  • Give way to any vehicle in the lane you are moving into, even if your lane is ending and you have to cross a lane line.
  • Before you change lanes, you must indicate for long enough to give warning to other road users
  • You must turn off your indicator after you have changed lanes or merged.

Merging

  • On roads where there are lanes marked on the road—if your lane comes to an end, you must give way to traffic already in the lane you are moving to.
  • On roads where there are no lanes marked on the road—when lines of traffic merge, you must give way to any vehicle that is ahead of you.
Queensland Road Rules – merging

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Giving way

You need to give way if:

  • the rules say that you must
  • there’s a give way or stop sign
  • there are stop or give way lines on the road
  • you’re turning right across the path of an oncoming vehicle at an intersection
  • you’re turning left or right at a T-intersection
  • you’re moving onto a road from a driveway or land next to a road
  • you’re moving off from being stopped on the side of the road
  • you’re doing a U-turn
  • you’re turning left at an intersection with a ‘left turn on red after stopping’ sign.
Queensland Road Rules – giving way

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Safe Following Distance

  • Drive at least 2 seconds behind the vehicle in front during ideal conditions.
  • When driving a vehicle towing a trailer or caravan, you should add 1 second extra for each 3m of trailer length.
Queensland Road Rules – safe following distances

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The top 20 most accident-prone locations in Brisbane (1 January 2015 – 31 October 2018) :

  • Gympie Road, Chermside
  • Gympie Road, Aspley
  • Gympie Road, Kedron
  • Mains Road, Sunnybank
  • Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains
  • Moggill Road, Indooroopilly
  • Sandgate Road, Clayfield
  • Ipswich Road, Annerley
  • Anzac Avenue, Kippa-Ring
  • Anzac Avenue, Rothwell
  • Sandgate Road, Virginia
  • Milton Road, Milton
  • Pacific Motorway, Greenslopes
  • Logan Road, Mt Gravatt
  • Hamilton Road, Chermside
  • Coronation Drive, Milton
  • Beaudesert Road, Calamvale
  • Ipswich Motorway, Oxley
  • Old Cleveland Road, Carindale
  • Ipswich Motorway, Darra and Gateway Motorway, Nudgee