As specialists in car loans we like to find out the top safety cars on a regular basis.
WHAT price do you pay for your safety in your car?
As parents we get to pick and choose what we drive but our younger drivers tend to end up with older and cheaper models that have been either passed down or simply picked up cheap. The problem is with older models they are not equipped as safely as newer types. Our concern is that so many of our young drivers just want to get out on the road and don’t really look into the car’s safety they are driving.
The Australasian New Car Assessment Program now gives cars a star safety rating. But this has brought about worrying news as if cars have a 3 stars or less and the car is involved in an accident the chances of fatalities or serious injuries is higher. The really bad news is that research shows that our young drivers are among the highest in accident statistics. The same types of cars seem to be involved in road fatalities also.
The problem is that some old cars seem to be cool to our young drivers, something we have to over rule. However the good news is that it is not that expensive to buy a safe car with a 5 star rating. Some older cars still carry the 5 stars, it’s just a matter of doing the research.
It is always worth having a car checked out thoroughly before buying it. Has it been in an accident? Check the official star rating. Always buy cars with airbags and electronic stability control as this is essential should the car be involved in a skid and the driver looses control, and anti lock brakes are an added bonus.
The best cars for safety at the moment are the Skoda Fabia, Grand Cherokee, and the Nissan Navara.
It’s always best to check with ANCAP direct.