The road is a dangerous place and every day we lose more people to the road.
In fact, there are more road deaths every day than traffic deaths.
We’ve been told that the average Australian loses their life every 10 minutes on the road and this statistic is getting worse.
But is it true?
We spoke to Dr Tom Bevan, from the University of New South Wales, and he tells us the statistics are a bit of a lie.
“The reason is that road deaths are often considered to be an under-reported event.
The statistics we do have indicate that they are under-reporting by about a third.”
Dr Bevan explains that the reason is because we are using the numbers as a proxy for other causes of death.
For example, if you’re travelling at 40kmh, you’d be considered to have a heart attack, while if you were travelling at 55kmh you’d probably be in a car crash.
So how does this statistic come to be?
In 2013, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the National Road User Survey.
The survey looked at road users from all ages, genders and walks of life and asked a series of questions about their travel habits.
This year, Dr Bevin was able to take a look at the data for the year 2017 and he found that the most commonly reported reason for not being able to drive was poor road safety.
In total, the most common reason given was not being on the roads, followed by lack of knowledge of the roads and a lack of access to transport.
However, Dr Chris Smith, a consultant neuropathologist from Melbourne’s John Curtin University, says the real cause of road death is a lack the information about the road safety that is available.
He explains that people don’t realise that the road can be extremely dangerous, especially if they don’t know what to expect.
If you’re looking for information on road safety, he says you need the National Roads and Maritime Services road safety information database.
According to the report, the National Driver Register contains information about road users and their conditions, including speed, road conditions, conditions during rain and light rain, visibility, speed limits and other conditions.
Dr Smith says that this information is not available for every driver.
But if you have a driver’s licence or other valid proof of identity, you can check the road user register and see if you can access the information.
When we first started looking into this statistic, we were surprised by how similar it was to traffic deaths, Dr Smith says.
For example, we found that road users who have died in the past decade, who are 65 or older, have a rate of 2.9 deaths per 100,000 people.
That is a 1.7-fold increase over the number of road users we found who died in 2016.
With a population of over 400 million, the number one cause of death in Australia is a traffic accident.
How to prevent road deaths in Australia, in a few simple stepsThe most important thing to do when you’re in traffic is to be aware of the conditions on the roadway and to make sure you are following the rules and directions of the road you are on.
You should also look out for other road users on the other side of the highway who may be travelling slower or who may have a more advanced medical condition.
Avoid crossing traffic lights and road dividers.
When you are crossing a road, make sure that you are not moving across the road too quickly, Dr Anderson says.
If you have to do this, be sure to use the red light.
And if you are in a traffic jam, slow down and wait until the traffic lights are green, Dr Thompson says.
Dr Bevan agrees that when you are driving, it is important to be conscious of what you are doing.
As well as being conscious, he recommends using the road sign and lane markings and always remember that if you get a traffic offence you will have to pay for the road condition, such as road markings.
“You don’t have to drive for free, you should be paying for your road condition,” Dr Bevenan says.
“There are fines that you can pay and if you pay them you will be reimbursed by the road authority.
While we all drive to work on a daily basis, Dr Jones says we all have a responsibility to be alert and to always check what the road conditions are.”
That’s why you need an experienced driver to drive on the motorways.