The Transport Accident Commission (Victoria, Australia) released research showing that people were twice as likely to be killed if they were in a vehicle older than 10 years. This is in part due to the fact that safety features such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB), electronic stability control (ESC), side curtain airbags, parking and lane sensors and backup cameras are not as common on older cars. Because older vehicles are less likely to have some of these safety technologies, they pose a higher risk of being involved in a crash and provide less protection for drivers and passengers – and can be the difference between a fright and a fatality. The public safety announcement urges used car buyers to prioritize safety when purchasing a vehicle.
According to an IHS survey, the typical car on US roads in 2016 was 11.6 years old. Yet Americans are buying cars at an annualized rate of more than 17 million vehicles, marking a high not seen since before the Great Recession. In 2016, both used and new cars made up the registration pool of 264 million light vehicles in the U.S. Most used-car buyers use the Internet to research car pricing. The top three reasons car buyers use the Internet to shop include research pricing, to find cars for sale and to compare vehicles.
www.howsafeisyourfirstcar.com.au provides a good overview of how to purchase the safest car you can afford