THE Road Safety Council is taking the opportunity with the release of the Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR) to highlight the importance of older drivers (over 65 years) and younger drivers (17-24) choosing a safer car.
Everyone should be making safety their primary focus when buying a new or used vehicle. However, I would emphasise this more to our older and younger road users because they benefit most from the life-saving protection offered in both new and used vehicles with higher safety ratings.
The common myth that safe cars are more expensive is being proved wrong more and more.
In fact, some of the more affordable second-hand cars are safer than some newer models on the market.
The UCSR’s Safe Picks help motorists to choose vehicles that provide crash avoidance and protection in a crash and I strongly encourage the purchase of a vehicle with a high safety rating whether it is new or second-hand.
The UCSR and the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) ratings for new cars should be first port of call when considering the purchase of a vehicle. The community is serious about reducing road trauma and consumers need to consider how a vehicle protects all road users, not just its own occupants.
Parents or guardians of a young driver are urged to buck the inclination to buy a ‘cheap get around’ car and look seriously at the safety benefits of vehicles of all price ranges.
We’re looking to the future where vehicles will not only protect us in a crash but also could avoid them all together.
In the meantime, it is up to all of us to see our role in reducing road trauma by observing safe driving behaviour and making safer choices about the vehicles in which we put ourselves, and our loved ones.