By Lauren Ferrone
Last updated on: November 20, 2017 at 12:44 pm
The latest Used Car Safety Ratings reveal just how much difference your car can make to your chance of surviving a crash.
They show you’re 10 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured if you’re in one of the worst-rated vehicles, compared to if you were driving a ‘safe pick’, explains RAA motoring expert Mark Borlace.
‘The study looked at more than 380 vehicles made from 1982 to 2015 and identified which ones offer better protection in a crash,’ he explains. ‘The results emphasise just how important it is to buy a safe car.’
The good news is, 36 vehicles earned the coveted Safe Pick rating, including many that cost under $10,000 (often in the price range of young first-time drivers, so it’s important they look at the list before they buy).
‘If you’re in the market for a second-hand car, you shouldn’t have to settle for second-rate safety, even if you’re on a tight budget,’ Mr Borlace adds.
The annual study is commissioned by RAA and our sister motoring clubs across the country, and is run by the Monash University Accident Research Centre.