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How safe is your car? Understanding new and used car safety ratings

myPPSR Team|09/10/2017

The Australian and New Zealand car market is protected by two car rating systems that work to provide an overall safety rating for both used and new cars. These safety ratings provide valuable information for prospective car buyers who want to ensure they are purchasing a car that has adequate safety features that will protect themselves and their families in the event of a crash or accident.

New and used car safety programs

TheAustralian New Car Assessment Program, or ANCAP as it is more commonly referred to, is the new car safety rating program that undertakes crash testing of new vehicles to compare the level of protection in a range of collision situations. ANCAP is supported by all Australian and New Zealand motoring authorities making it a great guide to safety features in new cars.

TheThe Used Car Safety Rating (UCSR) scheme is also a similar program that works to rate the overall safety rating for used cars in Australia and New Zealand. The program produces safety ratings for all the most popular makes and models of cars on the road and updates road users on the vehicles safety and outcome in a range of crash situations.

TheThe used car safety rating incorporates information from car crashes in Australia and New Zealand where someone was killed or injured – accounting to over seven million crashed between the period of 1990 and 2013. There are a range of qualification and assumptions used in the UCSR’s data that can be explored via this link.

What to look for in a safe new or used car

TheWhen it comes to buying a safe new or used car, there is a set of features you should keep your eye on in particular. These features include:

  • A full set of air bags – having air bags in all areas of the car will protect both the driver and the passenger within the car. Ideally, you are looking for a car with front, read and side airbags.
  • Anti-lock breaks – in the wet and wild weather having a set of anti-lock brakes will ensure your safety on the road. Do adequate research and if you’re looking for the safest vehicle, find a new or used car with anti-lock brakes.
  • Traction and stability control – you never know when an accident will happen and traction control can help to ensure your safety on the road in a new or used car.

If you’re looking for the safest new or used car, be sure to check out the UCSR website for used car safety ratings or the ANCAP website for new car comparisons.