WA drivers have retained their mantle as the nation’s worst reversers.
The annual crash index from insurer AAMI found that one in six (17 per cent) of WA crashes occurred while reversing.
It is the third consecutive year that WA has topped the rankings, with the national average being 12 per cent.
The index — based on an analysis of almost 18,000 WA accidents last financial year — also found that more WA drivers were prone to colliding with stationary objects.
This type of accident accounted for 23 per cent of crashes, compared with the national average of 18 per cent.
“Unfortunately, these types of accidents continue to be common occurrences on our roads, despite many of them being avoidable,” AAMI spokesperson Ashleigh Paterson said. “With almost a quarter of motor accidents attributed to colliding with a stationary object, it’s clear WA drivers need to focus their attention to being more aware of their surroundings.”
Nose-to-tail collisions were the most common type of accident on WA roads at 28 per cent.
“Driver distraction continues to be a leading cause of nose-to-tail crashes,” Ms Paterson said.
“If you get behind the wheel of a car you should be concentrating on what’s in front of you, what’s happening around you and driving to the conditions.
“Most of the time it comes down to people becoming distracted and multi-tasking.
“Taking your eyes off the road for just a split second can have devastating consequences and even the smallest distraction can be deadly.”
The most common time of day for accidents was 1-4.30pm.
COMMENT: Backing up gets my back up — ban it
WA motorists have always been rubbish at merging and negotiating roundabouts.
But now we can add “reversing” to the list of infamy.
There is nothing more frustrating than being stuck behind a driver trying — and often taking several attempts — to reverse into a parking space at a shopping centre or multistorey carpark. It is unnecessary. And it is selfish.
So let’s ban it!
Most drivers reverse because they say it is easier and safer when they leave. Some driving schools even promote such a view.
But it is a flawed argument. Reversing a 1.8m wide car into a 2.7m wide car bay is infinitely harder than reversing out of the bay.
And when reversing out of a bay, you don’t hold up traffic — instead, you wait until the traffic is clear.
I would happily go out of my way to park where reversing into bays is banned.
But as this is highly unlikely to happen, I would encourage drivers to think twice before attempting such an act and to give more consideration to the motorists behind.
Saving a couple of seconds when you leave does not warrant such selfishness. - Kent Acott