How safe is your car? It’s probably a question you’ve either asked or even just wondered about. For most, it’s one of the most important aspects of their car. So why should you be concerned with how safe your car is? During an accident, your car will take most of the impact – and how well your car cushions you from the impact needs to be considered.
Car accidents happen in seconds – so it’s important to make sure you are driving a car that will keep you as safe as possible. How is the safety of your car determined?
In Australia, we are lucky that we are able to rely on independent research by the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) to determine just how safe each car is.
All cars are given a star rating from 1 to 5, with 1 being the lowest score. All cars on sale in Australia have an ANCAP rating – so be sure to ask!
ANCAP testing evaluates a car’s safety against a range of criteria in key areas of assessment including adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, vulnerable road user protection (such as pedestrians) and safety assist. Test criteria are updated every 2 years, so if your car scored a 5 ANCAP rating a couple of years ago then it may not have the same score today.
Physical crash tests are where the car is put through a crash simulation and dummies are used to assess the likely injuries that would result from the physical impact of a collision. Types of crashes tested include frontal impact, side impact, run-off-road, rear-end, and pedestrian strikes.
Your accident replacement vehicle also has a safety rating – be sure to ask the team more about the safety of your accident replacement vehicle.
If the accident was not your fault, then give Carbiz a call – we’ll help you. 📞1300 889 256