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How Safe Is Your Car, safer vehicles and Towards Zero

Not all cars are created equal and some cars are safer than others. Choosing a vehicle that is able to protect you in a crash or that is able to avoid a crash in the first place has great potential to save lives and reduce trauma on our roads.

It’s for this reason that ‘Safe Vehicles’ is one of the four pillars of the Towards Zero vision; a future free of deaths and serious injuries on Victorian roads. Vehicles that are designed well and are safe can either prevent a crash from happening or help absorb and reduce the forces of impact. This in turn can help lessen the impact forces transferred to a vehicle’s occupants and reduce serious injuries and lives lost on our roads.

Well designed, safe vehicles can prevent a crash from happening or help absorb and reduce the force of impact. This in turn can help lessen the force of impact transferred to drivers and passengers, reducing the risk of serious injury and death.

How Safe Is Your Car (HSIYC) tells you the latest ANCAP and Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR) for vehicles, and which safety features are included as standard or optional that can prevent crashes. Such as features like Auto Emergency Braking, Electronic Stability Control, Lane Departure Warning, seatbelt pre-tensioners, airbags, side curtain airbags, crumple zones, Intelligent Speed Assist and many others mentioned on this site. Researching on HSIYC and purchasing the safest vehicle within your price range is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others on the road. Road trauma would be reduced by almost a third if every vehicle could be upgraded to the safest in its class.

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