If you live on the Gold Coast, you’re probably already familiar with it and may have even experienced it firsthand…
According to new data, Southport has been named among the worst suburbs in the state for crashes caused by poor merging.
RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said the insurer had analysed more than 6,000 crashes caused by poor merging over the past three years and found south-east Queensland suburbs made up eight of the top 10 worst locations in the State.
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“It’s concerning to see how many crashes occur each year due to preventable mistakes like incorrect merging,” Ms Clinton said.
She’s now calling on Queensland motorists to take five minutes to brush up on the rules around merging in a bid to prevent similar crashes from occurring.
Ms Clinton said there were two rules drivers needed to adhere to when merging.
“On roads where the lanes are marked, you must give way to any traffic already in the lane you wish to move into,” she said.
“However, when there are no road markings, for example two lanes suddenly become one, you must give way to any vehicles in front of you.”
Top 10 locations for crashes caused by poor merging (1 January 2015-30 April 2018):
- Brisbane City – 246
- Fortitude Valley – 114
- Toowoomba – 109
- Southport – 89
- Mount Gravatt – 89
- Woolloongabba – 79
- Eight Mile Plains – 66
- Milton – 65
- Indooroopilly – 63
- Rockhampton – 57.