In terms of the number of road accidents in the last 24 months, Dubbo drivers are the worst when compared to other cities in the central west, according to new data released by NRMA insurance this week.
Based on motor insurance claims in the last two years, the data shows the most frequent locations for collisions across NSW, with Dubbo ranking 13th on the list, well ahead of Orange at 17th and Bathurst at 49th.
NRMA Insurance did not disclose the exact number of accidents on roads and Dubbo's overall ranking is not restricted to regional areas, with all metropolitan suburbs and Sydney's CBD also included.
Sydney's CBD topped the list with Blacktown, Bankstown, Liverpool and Port Macquarie rounding out the top five.
Dubbo ranked much higher on the list for the number of accidents involving drivers between the age of 71 and 74, sitting at seventh in that category, which the data shows account for at least eight percent of all accidents across NSW.
Port Macquarie topped that category, which also featured Orange at 13th and Bathurst at 30th.
In terms of collisions involving drivers under 25, which the data shows accounts for at least nine per cent of all accidents, Dubbo came in at 14th, with Orange ranking at 23rd and Bathurst coming in at 55th.
"Regardless of your age or driving experience, safety must be the number one priority for all of us when we get behind the wheel," Mr Gallagher said.
"Our data shows us these accidents are happening in busy areas like Sydney (but) it's an important reminder that when you're driving in ... high-traffic areas in the suburbs or even regional towns, accidents can happen anywhere at anytime.
The data shows the most common time for collisions is during the late morning between 10am and 12pm and the afternoon between 1pm and 5pm, peaking at around 3pm.
"Be extra alert at some of the most common accident spots such as major intersections, vehicles merging lanes and during the busy peak hours in the morning and afternoon," Mr Gallagher added.
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