Queensland’s worst locations for merging mayhem

South east Queensland, Toowoomba and Rockhampton drivers are among the worst in the State at giving way, according to RACQ crash data.

Merging diagram

The Club’s insurance claims data revealed suburbs between Brisbane and the Gold Coast made up 17 out of the top 20 locations for ‘merging crashes’, rounded out by Toowoomba, Rockhampton and Maroochydore.

RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said the Insurer received 9,923 claims for crashes caused by poor merging in the last five years.

“Concerningly, crashes where drivers failed to give way correctly have increased year-on-year since 2012,” Ms Clinton said.

“It may be time for Queensland residents to brush up on the road rules.

“There are two types of give way rules when merging which may be why some people are crashing.

“On roads where there are lanes marked on the road, the driver changing lanes must give way to traffic. However, if there are no markings when the lanes merge it’s a case of giving way to the vehicle in front.”

20 worst suburbs for merging according to RACQ insurance claims (July 2012 – August 2017):

  1. Brisbane City
  2. Toowoomba
  3. Fortitude Valley
  4. Southport
  5. Mt Gravatt
  6. Woolloongabba
  7. Rockhampton
  8. Chermside
  9. Eight Mile Plains
  10. Toowoong
  11. Milton
  12. Indooroopilly
  13. Springwood
  14. Sunnybank
  15. Browns Plains
  16. Helensvale
  17. Capalaba
  18. Robina
  19. Maroochydore
  20. Greenslopes

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