Safe trip

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As ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers con­tinue to raise the bar on safety, we’re get­ting vastly im­proved safety fea­tures in cars with­out sac­ri­fic­ing style or per­for­mance – or even break­ing the bank. Lisa Ros­siter, the NZ Trans­port Agency’s chief ad­vi­sor safety di­rec­tions says buy­ing a safe car doesn’t need to mean spend­ing ex­tra money. “Safe cars come in a range of sizes, styles and prices,” says Ros­siter. “The Right­Car web­site is a re­ally good place to start to help teens choose a safe car. Right­Car com­pares safety fea­tures as well as fuel econ­omy and emis­sion rat­ings for not only new, but also used cars. “The used car safety rat­ings sys­tem (UCSR) is based on anal­y­sis of ac­tual crash re­port data. Crashes pro­vide real-life ev­i­dence of how a ve­hi­cle pro­tected its pas­sen­gers, and any pedes­tri­ans in­volved, dur­ing a crash. The data is up­dated and re­cal­cu­lated each year with new crash in­for­ma­tion,” says Ros­siter.

“So it makes sense to buy a car that of­fers the most pro­tec­tion pos­si­ble in the event of a crash. And that doesn’t mean spend­ing more than you can af­ford – just help your teen to buy the safest car they can af­ford.“

And if the worst does hap­pen when they’re out on the roads, what would you think your teen would value most in that mo­ment – airbags or mags? We want all our teens to stick around well beyond the day that what they once con­sid­ered cool is con­sid­ered any­thing but by the next gen­er­a­tion. And it may be be­cause their par­ents con­vinced them or helped them to buy a safe car that they live to see that day.

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