It’s important when looking for a used car that you check how it rates on the Used Car Safety Ratings – this should be your top priority over look, colour, size and class. In the event of a crash you want yourself and your loved ones to be as safe as possible.
The Used Car Safety Ratings are calculated using data from millions of police reports and actual crashes involving differing drivers in different situations. This compares to the new car safety ratings (eg ANCAP) which are based on data obtained in a controlled laboratory setting. This year the guide looked at 217 cars and evaluated which cars not only offered better protection in a crash to its occupants but also looked at how other road users fared.
Read the Used Car Safety Ratings 2015 guide (updated 1/9/2015)
Take a look at the RACQ’s list below shows the latest vehicle safety features cars should be fitted with that will reduce injuries in a crash and also help drivers avoid them.
Protecting you in a crash:
- front, side, curtain and knee airbags
- seat belts designed to work with airbags
- crumple zones
- collapsible steering columns
- high strength materials in the structure
Features to assist avoiding a crash:
- Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
- Lane departure warning including Pedestrian Detection
- Blind Spot Warning
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- Traction Control
- Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
- Brake Assist
Over 40 per cent of used cars tested as excellent or good in terms of safety so we have no doubt you’ll find a winner on that list!