Make the right choice about your next car
The structure of the vehicle will absorb and dissipate the crash energy. Safe vehicles will maintain their shape in the event of a crash. Elements inside the vehicle should not move excessively and injure passengers. Doors should remain closed during a crash, while being able to be opened post crash.
Electronic stability control
This has various names which may vary depending on the manufacturer. It may be referred to as electronic stability programme, active stability or vehicle stability, but they all operate in the same way. Electronic stability control helps drivers control the vehicle in the event of sudden swerving to avoid collisions.
Anti lock braking systems
This prevents the wheels of a vehicle locking as brake pedal pressure is applied, usually in an emergency of within a short stopping distance. This gives the driver better control and helps prevent skidding and loss of traction.
When deployed in the event of a crash, airbags significantly reduce the chance of death or serious injury. For maximum safety drivers should look for front, side, curtain and knee airbags. Airbags deploy on impact and significantly reduce the impact during a crash.
All occupants within a vehicle should be wearing retractable 3-point sash style seat belts with pre-tensioners. This helps deal with the impacts of forces in a crash. Lap belts are less effective. Audible seatbelt reminders are also valuable.