car finance adelaideEveryone wants their car to be as safe as possible, of course, but do you really need to tick every box, and are some kinds of technology better than others?

Fortunately, ANCAP (the Australasian New Car Assessment Program) has split safety features into three types: 

  • Structural Integrity - how the safety cell of a vehicle withstands crash force, and holds up around you in a collision;
  • Safety Features - airbags, Antilock Braking Systems (ABS) and Electronic Stability Programs (ESC);
  • Safety Assist Technologies - advanced systems that help the driver avoid a crash altogether, or at least restrict its severity, including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Fatigue Monitoring Systems (FMS).

ANCAP provides star ratings for most new cars sold in Australia, but the fact that the vast majority of them get five out of five stars means you really need to dig a little deeper.


So, what’s the most important? 

Vision & Comfort

You need to have good vision and to be comfortable and relaxed in your vehicle. Check that you've got excellent visuals in all directions, and look for blindspots when overtaking.

If you’re interested in a larger sized vehicle, think about whether you need a car that big, and if you would be comfortable driving and parking such a large car. You might be better off in a smaller, more efficient model.

Electronic Stability Control

The NRMA recommends you check ANCAP and the Used Car Safety Ratings, and select only five-star rated vehicles.

One safety feature, however, is the most important in modern cars - Electronic Stability Control, now mandated by law in new cars, is perhaps as important and seismic a safety feature as the original seatbelts.

By stopping a car from sliding and a driver from losing control, stability-control programs - which monitor the position of your car and can apply the brakes to the inside wheels and/or reduce power to keep you in a straight line - prevent a large number of car accidents every year. 

Safety assist technologies

Approximately 90% of all vehicle crashes involve some form of human error. Safety assist technologies can certainly prevent or reduce the impact of a crash. These include autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning (LDW), blind spot monitoring (BSM) and fatigue monitoring systems (FMS).


For more information about these features, check out these recommendations by CarsGuide:





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