On average, there are over 1000 deaths on Australian roads each year. Fortunately, that number is slowly declining, thanks in part to improved safety features in new cars in Australia. So when buying a brand new car, here are some safety considerations to keep in mind.
First of all, check the new car’s ANCAP Safety Rating. ANCAP stands for The Australasian New Car Assessment Program, and provides independent and consistent information about how well new cars protect their occupants in serious front and side-on collisions. Vehicles with high structural integrity and the best built in safety features – such as airbags, antilock braking systems (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) - regularly score higher in ANCAP crash tests. All new cars are rated from one to five stars, and a five star rating indicates the best new car in terms of safety.
As well as keeping you safe in the event of an accident, some new cars also contain advanced collision avoidance technologies. These are features designed to help the driver avoid potential accidents, before they have a chance to happen. From rear-view reverse cameras to advanced multi-sensory hazard detectors, these technologies could be the decisive factor of your road safety, and should be considered when buying a new car in Australia.
Of course, the most important way to stay safe on the road is to drive safe. So if you take your driving seriously, remember to drive responsibly. Common sense will always be your greatest safety feature.
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