Online Safety Ratings: How safe is your car?
It’s easy to get caught up on the details when shopping for a new car – which colour, how many seats, the best tech features. But top of the shopping criteria should always be safety. Your choice of car can make all the difference in a crash, and could literally be the difference between life or death.
Luckily, there’s a super easy website which helps to ensure everything’s safe and sound when buying a used car:
Used Car Safety Ratings
Rightcar.govt.nz lists all the car models and years with a Driver Protection Rating, out of 5 stars. Simply find a model you’re considering before buying, to learn the level of protection to the driver protection from very poor to excellent.
Or if you’re just searching for the safest options, you can also browse by vehicle categories. Some newer, less common models may not feature as there’s not enough information for an accurate rating.
Cars labeled ‘Safer Pick’ in the list is given to ‘vehicles which provide excellent protection to their own driver, cause less serious injury to other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists in a collision and have a lower risk of being involved in a crash.
Ratings show significant variation in ratings within vehicle categories, even between vehicle models of the same age. Interestingly, some cars provide excellent protection for drivers but present higher risk of injury to other road users in a crash.
What are the ratings based on?
The ratings are calculated using recent real world crash data.
What are the safest cars overall?
Looking at the overall ratings, newer models generally provide drivers with better protection from injury in a crash. This is thanks to advancements in structural design and safety features, including:
- Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), and Pedestrian Detection
- Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Blind Spot Warning
- Brake Assist
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Front, side, curtain and knee airbags
- Lane departure warning
- Seatbelts with pretension devices designed to work with airbags
- Traction Control
Electronic Stability Control and Autonomous Emergency Braking have been shown to be particularly effective in helping prevent crashes.
ANCAP Safety Ratings
Rightcar.govt.nz also lists the ANCAP Safety Ratings, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program. Unlike the Used Car Safety Rating which uses real crash data, ANCAP rates performance in their laboratory tests. It’s another way to assess the rating of a car if you’re looking at a new or late model.
Time for a safety upgrade?
If your car isn’t up to standard, an upgrade to something safer could mean the difference between walking away from a crash and serious injury, or death. A car loan with The Lending People can help make it happen, with fantastic rates and flexible criteria! Apply now.