NOSE-TO-TAIL crashes make up more than one third of all accidents on Hunter roads, according to new research by insurer AAMI.
The research, an analysis of insurance claims over a year, found nose-to-tail collisions accounted for 30.95 per cent of vehicle accidents in the region.
Collisions with stationary objects (25.81 per cent) were the second most common type of accident, while failure to give way (21.62 per cent) came in third.
Twelve per cent of accidents happened while the car was in reverse.
Unsurprisingly, Hunter drivers were 15 times more likely to hit an animal than their Sydney counterparts, with animals involved in about eight per cent of crashes.
Statistically-speaking, however, Hunter drivers were better at giving way and keeping a safe distance from the car in front.
Nose-to-tail accidents caused more than 37 per cent of accidents in Sydney, while failure to give way accounted for 29 per cent of crashes.
AAMI spokesman Jake Krausmann said most accidents occurred within 25 kilometres of the driver’s home,
He stressed the importance of staying focused behind the wheel.
“Regardless of how familiar a driver is with their local roads, it doesn’t dilute the importance of safe driving behaviours,” Mr Krausmann said.
He added the insurer’s research showed 60 per cent of surveyed drivers admitted to speeding.