These days, buying a new car is about so much more than luxury or value for money. More than ever, drivers are concerned with finding vehicles that are efficient, affordable, and most of all safe.
From technologies that assist with parking, to rear view cameras, additional airbags and traction control, additional safety features are no longer reserved for the most expensive or large vehicles. Today many upgraded safety features come as standard, and even smaller cars have been designed to withstand serious pressure.
Not all cars are created equal, and depending on the brand or model will have different safety features than others. If you’re thinking about purchasing a new car make sure you do your research and speak to the dealer about your needs – some cars are designed specifically for families, while others will use technology to make tasks some drivers find stressful easier – like parallel parking, for example.
There are tests by law that all cars are required to pass that deal specifically with safety, however most manufacturers will exceed the bare minimum. Groups like the European New Car Assessment Program – or the Euro NCAP – offer a voluntary vehicle rating system, and rigorously test new cars and award stars based on their findings.
On the website you can find out more about the tests and read reviews of different makes and models – this is a great place to look if you want unbiased information about a car you already own or are thinking of purchasing. In addition, consumer group Which? have also published a guide to help you understand more about the Euro NCAP tests and what they mean, so you can find more information about how the standards are set.
Doing your research
The best way to find out about the safest cars on the road is by doing research. While some manufacturers are known for their dedication to safety features – Volvo and BMW are two companies with a reputation for high safety standards – the list of safest cars is constantly evolving as new makes and models are released.
Finding this information is relatively straightforward – because safety is a priority for drivers, most respected car publications like WhatCar?, Car Magazine and Auto Express will address safety in their reviews. These websites make it easy to read about specific models and are particularly useful if you have an idea of what brand or specific model you’d like to buy.
If you’re still in the early stages of research and want up to date information about the safest cars on the road, guides like the Telegraph’s list of the Safest Cars on Sale are a great place to begin your search. Similarly, Car Buyer has also put together a list of the safest cars and is full of useful information about features that fall within your budget.