There are a few good rules you can follow to ensure your driving life is a safe one and one of them is choosing a car that is safe for you. Your choice will be dependent on who you are, how old you are, your driving experience and many other aspects, not least of all is the vehicle itself.
Most new cars today come jam-packed with a plethora of onboard safety features and these will generally be highlighted to you by the car salesperson you are dealing with. As with the purchase of any vehicle, however, it is always within your interest to do your homework before you make your purchase. There is a multitude of online sites that deal in car safety, but your first stop should be to check the European NCAP safety rating at EuronCap.com. NCAP results are extremely helpful because they give you the safety ratings in an overall format, but also splits them into categories and allow you to compare vehicles. Get a list together of vehicles that are of interest to you and compare them at the site. Once you're familiar with the terms and know which cars are highest rated, take this information with you when shopping for a vehicle.
There are many important aspects to consider when looking at buying a new car with a safety rating you can be confident of. As well as checking the NCAP rating of vehicles, there are some common-sense rules to keep in mind.
Always consider all of these aspects when looking for a safe car. If your confidence level isn't as high as you'd like it to be yet, consider a less powerful car to start off with. Your needs can be cross-referenced with this to come up with the type of car you require (i.e. large, medium, small, economical etc). This gives you the opportunity to really consider what features you need, what you're able to afford and what you feel confident in handling.
Some of the most important car safety features found in cars now include:
When looking for any safe car, especially for new drivers who may be less confident and more likely to be involved in a car crash, the features above are imperative to include on your must-have list.
Safety to pedestrians and other road users can also be a consideration when purchasing a vehicle. Some vehicles will injure the victim far more than others, so if you truly want to consider all safety features, thinking outside of the box - so to speak - is also something to keep in mind. Thinking about other people also extends to your passengers. Look for cars with airbags and if you can afford it, look for cars with curtain airbags that completely surround the interior of the car in a collision. Never be afraid to ask the salesperson for all the safety features of the vehicle you are thinking of purchasing.
Disclaimer: The information in the article is for general purpose information only and should not be constituted as legal advice. This article has been produced by a third party and Jardine Motors does not take any responsibility for the completeness, accuracy, or reliability with respect to the website or the information provided. Article last updated March 2016.