Melbourne traffic hotspots – The Uber driver’s guide

    Melbourne traffic hotspots – The Uber driver’s guide
    1000 500 Balazs Szekely

    If the everyday frustration that traffic jams bring into our lives wouldn’t be enough, as a professional driver there’s a lot more than your stress levels you should worry about. Driving in heavy traffic is not only nerve-wracking, but it damages your car in the long run, not to mention that it puts you in harm’s way because of the increased accident risk.

    With hook turns, trams and plenty of cyclists, it’s little wonder that Melbourne’s roads are found to be the most dangerous in Australia. In a 2019 survey conducted by AAMI on accident locations, nine of the top ten crash locations in the country were found in Australia’s garden city.

    Read this guide to get familiar with five of the most congested roads in Melbourne, as well as five of the most dangerous. Make a mental map and avoid these stretches whenever possible.

     

    Top 5 congested roads in Melbourne for Uber drivers to avoid

    Driving on congested roads is pricey too, on top of the stress. A constantly idling engine wastes enormous amounts of fuel, and slowly creeping forward in first gear grinds away your clutch as fast as your nerves. And we haven’t even mentioned the costs of repairing those scratches and bumps that in heavy traffic are a question of when, not if.

    In conclusion, you and your wallet will both be happier if you avoid the roads that are prone to become congested. Here are five of the busiest roads in Melbourne that are best to steer clear from:

    1. Punt Road, Richmond

    Punt Road is synonymous with AFL and the Richmond Tigers, but to drivers it also spells bad traffic. During rush hour and around AFL games at the MCG or soccer/rugby games at AAMI, this road can be banked up all the way back to Bridge Road.

    Melbourne traffic hotspots – The Uber driver’s guide

    Source: Google Maps

    2. Alexandra Parade, Fitzroy

    When a freeway meets suburbia it never ends well for local commuters, with a reduced number of lanes and speed limits creating a bottleneck. This is the case for Alexandra Parade in Fitzroy, where traffic can bank up in a short amount of time.

    Melbourne traffic hotspots – The Uber driver’s guide

    Source: Google Maps

    3. Nicholson St, Carlton

    Nicholson Street has some sections that can become congested very quickly, the Victoria Parade intersection in particular. With a very short set of lights, you may find yourself stuck here for 5 minutes or more on a bad day.

    Melbourne traffic hotspots – The Uber driver’s guide

    Source: Google Maps

    4. Johnson Street, Abbotsford

    Johnson Street is a traffic hotspot most days of the week, however, the section between Studley Park Road and Hoddle Street is especially congested during the post-work rush hours.

    Melbourne traffic hotspots – The Uber driver’s guide

    Source: Google Maps

    5. Peel Street, Melbourne

    Even without the current roadworks, this roundabout at the end of Peel Street creates significant congestion. With trams and five main roads colliding at this intersection, be prepared to meditate behind the wheel as the stress levels can rise quickly here.

    Melbourne traffic hotspots – The Uber driver’s guide

    Source: Google Maps

    Top 5 dangerous roads in Melbourne for Uber drivers to avoid

    At the end of the day, traffic is something we rarely have the luxury to avoid. However, there’s another good reason besides stress and money to do your best to stay away from congestion. Namely that traffic also carries the bigger and more imminent danger of an accident.

    No matter how carefully you drive, even if you have decades of spotless driving experience, other traffic participants may cause you a nasty surprise any minute. Needless to say, the chances of this happening grow exponentially as you enter the more hazard-stricken roads.

    Have these five most dangerous roads in Melbourne in the back of your mind whenever you’re out driving and consider taking the bypassing streets when you’re in the area, especially in peak hours

    1. Plenty Road, Bundoora

    Rated as the most dangerous road in Australia, Plenty Road in Bundoora has held the title for a number of years. Bookended by the Metropolitan Ring Road and Preston High Street, it has several lanes in both directions, and it feeds into many important traffic arteries of Melbourne.

    Many traffic lights interrupt Plenty Road at entry and exit points, and there’s also a tram line in the middle, so it’s no wonder it’s become notorious for bad traffic.

    Melbourne traffic hotspots – The Uber driver’s guide

    Source: Google Maps

    2. Springvale Road, Glen Waverley

    Springvale Road connects the north and the south of the eastern suburbs. Passing industrial areas and a number of car dealerships at Glen Waverley, there are always heavy-duty vehicles on this stretch of the road.

    Melbourne traffic hotspots – The Uber driver’s guide

    Source: Google Maps

    3. Springvale Road, Springvale

    No, you’re not seeing double, Springvale Road took second as well as third place in not only Melbourne’s worst crash spots, but in the whole of Australia. The Princes Highway intersection and the southern stretch are not that much safer than the Glen Waverley area, so drive carefully. Or better yet, bypass Springvale Road whenever you can.

    Melbourne traffic hotspots – The Uber driver’s guide

    Source: Google Maps

    4. Maroondah Highway, Ringwood

    Maroondah Highway in the east runs from Mansfeild to Nunawadding before becoming Whitehorse Road. There’s a busy intersection to be aware of, where Maroondah Highway meets Mt Dandenong Road and the Ringwood Bypass. It’s used to access the M3 Eastlink toll road.

    Melbourne traffic hotspots – The Uber driver’s guide

    Source: Google Maps

    5. Doncaster Road, Doncaster

    The final hotspot on the list, Doncaster Road also has its fair share of accidents. With the large Doncaster Shopping Centre nearby and a large bus depot, don’t get complacent behind the wheel in this area.

    Melbourne traffic hotspots – The Uber driver’s guide

    Source: Google Maps

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    Maker by nature, writer by profession, and a petrolhead at heart, Balazs is our very own content creator who brings Splend’s voice to life. He’s been a wordsmith his entire career, having seen it all from the print media to radio through online publishing and marketing copywriting. He’s fascinated by things he has yet to fully understand such as photography, ice hockey, and the bizarre art of aquascaping. In his free time you may find him mixing up cocktails for his friends or away from home on a city break. Drop him a line at balazs.szekely@splend.com

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