Safety ratings vital

When deciding on your next vehicle, do you take safety ratings into account?

The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) reminds motorists looking to buy a car to choose the highest star rating you can afford and a vehicle with features that offers the greatest protection in the event of a crash.

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) ensures there is a ratings system which helps you to make safer vehicle choices. 

ANCAP provides independent vehicle safety information through the publication of ANCAP safety ratings.  ANCAP safety ratings take into account the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by new cars through the conduct of physical crash tests and the assessment of collision avoidance technologies.

In each of the physical tests, dummies are used to scientifically measure the various forces on occupants in the crash.

The data gathered is then assessed in conjunction with a physical assessment of the vehicle, and a score determined for each test.

In addition, vehicles must be fitted with certain safety features and safety assist technologies. These requirements are then assessed alongside the physical crash test scores with an overall score translated into an ANCAP safety rating of between 1 to 5 stars.

The more stars, the better the vehicle performed in ANCAP tests. To achieve the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating, a vehicle must achieve the highest standards in all tests and feature advanced safety assist technologies.

More information

To search individual crash test results for more than 515 vehicles, learn more about safety features and technologies, and explore interactive features, visit ancap.com.au

See tips for buying a new or used car http://mylicence.sa.gov.au/safe-driving-tips/safer-vehicles/buying-a-safe-car on the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure website.