Driving in Australia. Is it a safer?
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about driving in Australia and the RBT. I ended that post by saying “But hopefully, because of these RBT’s, Australia’s roads are safer. I am only guessing.” Well, I sure was guessing!
- 3,201 people were killed on Britain’s roads in 2005.
- 28,954 people were seriously injured on Britain’s roads in the same year.
- 1,464 people were killed on Australia’s roads in 2008.
- 31,204 people were seriously injured on Australia’s roads in 2005/06.
Both of these sets of figures came from the respective countries governments, so they have a good chance of being accurate. As Britain’s population is about three times bigger than Australia’s, it is clear that Australia’s roads are far more dangerous than those in Britain.
Let’s look at it this way. If Australia could match Britain in road safety terms, then roughly speaking around 400 fewer people would die and more than 20,000 would escape serious injury.
Road safety is improving here, back in 1982 there were around 3,300 deaths in Australia on the road, but Australia clearly has a long way to go yet to catch up with the UK. The frequent RBT’s and the high levels of driving experience required before passing your test in Australia have obviously been put into place to continue to improve road safety.
So what’s the problem? One would have thought with the big wide open roads and very little traffic, it would be much safer here. Here I go, guessing again, but I suspect the big wide open roads and very little traffic ARE the problem.
You can really put your foot down on some of these Australian roads, in a way that I don’t think you can in too many places in Britain. And the problem is, people do.
It certainly puts it all into perspective, doesn’t it? As I’ve pointed out in my post about spiders and snakes, less than two deaths a year from snakes and none since 1979 for spiders. But an extra 400 deaths a year on the roads? Yet when anyone talks about emigrating to Australia, nobody says “Man, are you nuts? Be careful of those cars, they’re dangerous in Australia.”
Woosh! So that was winter?
For anyone who thinks I talk too much about the weather, well I’m English! It’s what we do. It’s a classic for changing the subject. And that’s what I’m going to do now. So this is a blog post equivalent of “terrible about all those deaths on the road isn’t it?” “Hmmm, yes, nice weather we’re having isn’t it?”
Last week it was the middle of winter, apparently. This week is like the beginning of summer. Yes, already it is getting hotter.
I heard the first call of a gecko a few days ago, so they’re waking up. This has been an unusually warm winter, the meteorologists have been getting out the record books. Some places have recorded temperatures of 8° to 10°c hotter than usual.
It’s going to be a long hot summer!