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Country roads might take you home, but they can kill you too

By johnboy - 11 November 2013 7

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The NRMA is putting out word of Canberrans bucking the trend of crashing close to home and instead coming to grief on the rural roads of surrounding NSW:

Fatal crashes involving ACT drivers and riders were 3 to 5 times more likely to occur in NSW than in the ACT on the basis of vehicle kilometres travelled. The majority of crashes occurred in or en route to Sydney, in the Local Government Areas immediately adjacent to the ACT, or en route tothe coast and in the coastal areas. Together, crashes in these areas accounted for 66% of all crashes involving an ACT driver or rider in NSW.

However, the remaining one third of crashes was spread across an extensive network such as popular recreational routes through the Snowy Mountains and on unsealed roads within 100 km of the ACT.

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7 Responses to
Country roads might take you home, but they can kill you too
davo101 5:18 pm 12 Nov 13

What a pointless report. Here’s an earlier version where they put in the corresponding statistics for NSW. Conclusions:

1. ACT roads are three times safer than NSW roads on a vehicle kilometre basis.
2. When ACT driver start driving on NSW roads their chance of death or injury jumps up to be the same as NSW drivers driving on NSW roads.
3. Nothing to see here move along.

LSWCHP 12:36 pm 11 Nov 13

About 18 months ago I took the kids for a trip to Wee Jasper, which featured about 25km of god quality dirt road.

On the way back we were overtaken by two SUV’s going very fast. Fifteen minutes later I came across the second SUV which had gone sideways off a bend into a tree. The first car had been driven by a bloke, and the second by his partner with the kids. He’d failed to notice that she’d crashed and had simply disappeared into the wild blue yonder. I’d call it a miraculous escape.

I comforted the woman and we got the kids out, some other people showed up and we were able to call for assistance.

I’ve done a lot of driving on those narrow country roads both sealed and unsealed, and I treat them with the greatest respect. If you push it too hard or lose concentration they will indeed kill you.

tim_c 12:29 pm 11 Nov 13

EvanJames said :

…variable roads where the nanny government hasn’t ironed out every possible issue with the road.

I think that’s a big part of the issue. Driving in Canberra, you hardly get experience driving at cruising speed, without having to slow down for yet another roundabout and/or inverted pot-hole, so when you get onto an open rural road, many drivers are way out of the depth of their driving experience and comfort zone. You see such people all the time on the Barton Highway – happily speeding up to 115+km/h when the road is wide and straight, and slowing to 70km/h as soon as a car comes the other way, or there is a slight bend in the road.

Felix the Cat 11:02 am 11 Nov 13

Perhaps the drivers aren’t used to unsealed roads and don’t think to slow down (same as some drivers don’t think to turn their lights on this morning while driving in the rain).

HiddenDragon 10:56 am 11 Nov 13

I imagine tiredness and boredom (even with stops) would have something to do with the accident rate to and from Sydney, and within Sydney, the complexity and intensity, compared to anything we have here.

magiccar9 10:54 am 11 Nov 13

Shock me, Canberra drivers are crashing going to Sydney or the coast. What’s new?

“…and on unsealed roads within 100 km of the ACT.”

Are they including the unsealed quality of the resurfaced roads inside the ACT? Nothing like driving through the middle of Canberra on a gravel road that has been ‘resurfaced’.

EvanJames 10:34 am 11 Nov 13

I guess some people find out the hard way that tailgating and indicating a lot (the two habits seem to march together for soem reason) do not a “good” driver make. Fast aggressive driving doesn’t work on variable roads where the nanny government hasn’t ironed out every possible issue with the road.

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