AS young car buyers scour the state for their first set of wheels, it is timely to remind them to put safety at the top of their shopping lists.
Many first car buyers and their parents would be surprised to find dozens of used car models with potentially life-saving features like side curtain airbags and electronic stability control, are available for less than $3000.
Gone are the days when the only cars first-time buyers could afford were old clunkers with little in the way of safety features.
Victorians are 30 times more likely to crash in their first six months of solo driving, so it makes sense that young drivers do their research before buying a car.
The Transport Accident Commission’s How Safe is Your First Car website is a great place to start, allowing users to find four and five star ANCAP safety rated vehicles within their price range.
While colours, sound systems and fuel economy may seem important to some, these features should all take a back seat to ensuring we all get home safe.
Getting everyone in safer cars will help us in our Towards Zero vision for a future where no person dies or is seriously hurt on our roads.
For more information on safe affordable cars head to www.howsafeisyourfirstcar.com.au.
Transport Accident Commission road safety manager