Accidents can happen anywhere, anytime, for various reasons. Besides reckless driving such as drink-driving, beating the red light, and speeding, sometimes the road itself can be a challenge to navigate. Whilst some roads are calm and relaxing to drive through, there are dangerous roads that make drivers susceptible to accidents. Whether it’s due to blind spots and poor visibility, elevation changes, site barricades or devilish bends, accidents do tend to favour certain accident-prone roads.
While not all accidents can be avoided, it is also up to drivers to be cautious and obey road safety rules. Staying accident-free also means that you won’t have to go through the tedious process of car insurance claims in Singapore.
So, here’s a list of accident hotspots in Singapore where you should take extra care when driving, to avoid getting into an accident.
- Alexandra Road
Alexandra is known for its numerous car showrooms, so it’s ironic that it is also one of the accident hotspots in Singapore. One of the recent crashes involved a Ferrari on the 3rd of December 2021. The luxury auto crashed into a central divider at Alexandra Road by the iconic Park Hotel Alexandra. Whilst the Ferrari accident caused no major injuries, another accident in 2017 resulted in 3 people seriously injured. The chain collision involved 3 cars and a taxi.
On 20th March that same year (2017), a motorcyclist was hit along this road. And on 15th May 2018, there was a chain collision involving two cars, a cyclist, and a pedestrian along Alexandra Road.
- Lornie Road
Lornie Road is another notoriously dangerous road in Singapore that you must be careful on when driving through as this road tends to get super busy during peak hours. As a result, many drivers tend to ignore road safety rules and exhibit reckless driving on this stretch.
Police records show that the main cause of traffic accidents is speeding while trying to beat the lights. So, to prevent speeding, the Land Transport Authority has implemented many speed cameras along this road.
On the 5th of July back in 2015, a cement truck collided with a car and caused massive traffic congestion along the road. Where else, on 1st March 2017, two cars collided while one was making a U-turn along the busy road.
- Upper Serangoon Road
As with other dangerous roads on this list, Upper Serangoon Road is yet another accident-prone hotspot in Singapore. There has been construction work on various sections of this road resulting in diversions and blind spots, and the high traffic flow it experiences also makes the area much trickier to manoeuvre. The junction from Braddell Road to Upper Serangoon Road and Bartley Road is also a black spot area.
In November last year (2021), an 11-year-old boy and an adult had to be taken to the hospital due to an accident that took place at Upper Serangoon Road.
Therefore, we encourage motorists to take extra precautions when driving along these roads, especially during peak hours and bad weather conditions.
- Clementi Road
Most Singaporeans are very familiar with Clementi Road, as it’s an important route that links the PIE to Ayer Rajah Expressway. This road gets relatively congested with many trucks and large vehicles throughout the day. Speeding through its quick turns could lead to an accident. Up to date, there have been 15 accidents recorded along this road, which is why it is considered one of the accident hotspots in Singapore.
A high-profile accident which happened in 2018, on the 19th of April, involved a 19-year-old NUS undergraduate who met with a fatal accident after the taxi she was in collided with a car at the junction of Clementi Road and Commonwealth Avenue West. This accident happened while the taxi was making a discretionary right turn at the junction that had no green turning arrow.
- Braddell Road
Braddell Road, used daily by commuters as it connects the East to the West, is yet another dangerous road that motorists must be extra cautious on. While it isn’t considered to be an expressway, it is a long-stretched road without many lights. As a result, many drivers tend to speed on this road.
A major accident could happen at the traffic light when you turn right, as there is another one just a few metres away. Many drivers are not aware of this, thus turning and accelerating at the same time, causing accidents.
A car overturned in an accident involving two cars along Braddell Road on 2nd March 2016 and a taxi flipped on its side after an accident along this same road on 26th January 2017. In 2018, on 7th February, a car mounted the kerb and crashed into a tree after colliding with a lorry while travelling on Braddell Road, heading towards Bishan Road.
Always Practice Safe Driving
Now that you know the roads that are considered accident hotspots in Singapore, you should be extra careful when driving on them. Reckless driving is one of the most common causes of road accidents and we’ve previously put together some information on how you can avoid them to keep yourself safe.
However, some accidents cannot be avoided even though you have made sure to follow road safety rules and have checked all sides before turning. We encourage you to have some form of car insurance with 24-hour breakdown assistance, so you are covered in case of an accident, giving you the peace-of-mind when driving in Singapore.