Driving in heavy traffic is frustrating for anyone on a good day, but if you’re a professional driver, stress is the least of your worries. Congested roads are dangerous to you, as well as your car, and they have a direct impact on your earnings too.
Like any big city, Sydney has quite a few of these. In this guide, we take a look at five of the most congested roads in Sydney, as well as five of the most dangerous. Have these in the back of your mind and avoid them when possible.
Traffic is not only frustrating but also costly. Staring at brake lights is one thing, but idling and slowly inching forward increases your fuel bills as well as wear and tear on your car, not to mention the odd scratches and bumps that are just waiting to happen in traffic jams.
The bottom line is, it’s best for your wallet and your peace of mind to altogether avoid the roads that are prone to become congested. Here are five of the busiest roads in Sydney:
Parramatta Road is the main toll-free road joining the city and the Western Suburbs. As a result, all types of traffic use it, including many buses.
The stretch from Leichhardt to Granville can get especially busy during peak hours.
Bondi Road constantly causes headaches for city commuters trying to get out of Bondi, Tamarama and North Bondi. There are frequent buses taking tourists and workers in and out of the iconic location. With parking allowed on Saturdays and Sundays, parts of the road narrow down to a single lane, so weekend traffic is often worse than weekdays.
Alison Road’s congestion has eased somewhat thanks to the completion of the light rail works that had plagued the road for a long time. Despite the improvements, Alison Road can get very congested during peak hours and the school rush.
New South Head Road joins William Street in taking commuter traffic in and out of the city. As a result, it clogs up with commuter traffic quite quickly.
A main connecting road between the Northern Beaches and the city, Military Road is notorious for being stuffed most of the day, including the weekend peak hour when people are heading to the beach.
Traffic is an everyday burden that we often have no choice but to accept. On top of the frustration and the sneaky costs that add up over time, it also carries the bigger and more imminent danger of an accident.
Driving carefully and making sure you don’t make mistakes may give you confidence even on the busiest roads, but it’s not always enough to avoid an accident. Even if you have hundreds of thousands of accident-free kilometres under your belt, others may put you in harm’s way in just a moment of distraction.
AAMI has compiled a list of some of the most dangerous roads in Sydney based on their insurance claims. Make a mental map and try to avoid them, especially during peak hours:
Serving as the main artery between Sydney and Melbourne, the Hume Highway’s uppermost stretch spanning the western part of the city is notorious for accidents.
With high traffic and areas with little separation between directions, this road has consistently high accident rates.
Connecting the four main bridges over Parramatta River, and with the Western University and TAFE campuses as well as several large shopping centres nearby, Victoria Road is extremely busy. Its West Ryde section is especially dangerous, so it’s worth taking one of the bypassing streets when you’re in the area.
Running from North Parramatta all the way up to the Pacific Motorway, Pennant Hills Road connects most of North West Sydney’s residents to the business district. It suffers from bumper-to-bumper peak hour and school traffic, so with the frequent stops, make sure you leave enough space behind the car in front of you. This is one of the main reasons there are so many accidents in the area.
Anyone who has driven the Pacific Highway wouldn’t be surprised to see it on this list. The main connecting road of the northern suburbs like Pymble and Hornsby, the road experiences all types of traffic including school runs, office workers, and commercial vehicles.
A gateway to Sydney’s developing suburbs, Richmond Road in Marsden Park is becoming an accident hotspot faster than the suburbs around it can grow.
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