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.