How to Choose a Truly Safe Car: Four Things to Look Out For

We would all like to stay safe on the roads, even those of us prone to the odd boy racer moment, so when we’re looking for a vehicle to buy, one of the first things we should assess is its safety credentials. This applies to every make and model; whether you’re buying new from a top-of-the-range showroom in London or looking for a bog-standard used car in Nottingham, the rules are still the same.

So what, exactly, should you be keeping an eye out for? Here are four essentials that you must always check are present…

#1: Strong Frontal Crash Test Results

The most common type of collision is a head-on one, and this means that good frontal crash test results are essential. There is absolutely no need for you to leave your safety to chance, for this information has been fully compiled for you in advance of the vehicle ever being released, and the outcomes can be easily found online for anyone who wants to take a look at them. Remember, the higher the score, the less likely you are to be seriously injured or killed in an accident. 

#2: Side Crashworthiness

Side-on collisions are the second most common type of accident, and the most likely to be fatal, which is why any vehicle you choose should also have good side-on crash test results, plus side airbags to protect you from head injuries. Pick one of the models ranked as ‘good’ in these trials, and you’re 70 percent less likely to die in such a crash than you would be in a vehicle rated as ‘poor’.  

#3: A Strong Roof

You also ought to keep an eye out for cars that have been rated highly with regards to the strength of their roofs. The reason for this is simple: you want a vehicle that will hold up in the event of a rollover crash. This type of rating is only available for models released after 2008, but even with older cars, you can probably gain some idea of how they would rank by doing a little bit of research online.

#4: Head Restraints

Additionally, you really should pick a model that is noted to have a ‘good’ seat/head restraint score, as this will significantly lessen the likelihood of a whiplash injuries if your car is hit from behind. Those who own vehicles with such a rating is shown to be 15 percent less likely to make an insurance claim for neck injuries, which says all that needs to be said.  

Stay safe on the roads today: follow our four top tips above to reduce your risks, and lessen the likelihood of you being injured in an accident.