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Barton Highway is the most dangerous road in Australia

By Skidbladnir 10 December 2007 23

According to the ABC Online, the Barton Highway is the most dangerous piece of highway in the country.
This website here has the “risk map” on which the article bases its claims, and the rest of the site has how they calculate it.

According to the above map, any major highway out of Canberra to Sydney or Melbourne puts you at high or medium-high risk, but it neglects to mention the Monaro highway out past Michelago to Cooma.
In the winter it seems more like a mass-cannonball-run, but they don’t show any stats on it.

Anyone up for a little cross-border\federal negotiation on roads?

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davo101 12:45 pm 12 Dec 07

The link is to the wrong map. You need to look at the that scales the accident rate to account for the number of cars using the road. Barton Highway safe doesn’t quite have the same ring does it?

Turns out that the Federal Highway north of Lake George is more dangerous than the Barton Highway.

Felix the Cat 9:18 pm 11 Dec 07

I find when travelling back from Sydney to Canberra I am almost falling asleep on the Hume Freeway but as soon as I turn off onto the Federal Hwy where I have to concentrate a bit harder I am instantly awake and alert.

Same if I travel to Nowra through the Southern Highlands. I am falling asleep on the Hume Freeway but as soon as I turn off onto the Illawarra Hwy I am awak and alert again.

I think sometimes the roads are too good and too safe. Or…the speed limits are too low. I am much more alert when I’m driving at 130km/h than 100 or 110km/h, on roads such as the Hume.

cranky 8:59 pm 11 Dec 07

Gaining a license a looooong time ago, it was always an unwritten rule that if another car caught up to you, it was travelling faster, and you always let it pass, as a matter of courtesy. You could always race it after it was in front!

Dosn’t seem to apply today. And the road race has died under the weight of enforcement. Bugger.

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