Which car do you want your year 11 or year 12 child driving?

An older one, cos hey, they're not really a good driver yet so there's no point letting them drive a newer one?

Or one that's more likely to protect them and others in a crash?

You decide.

Newer vehicles are generally safer than older ones. In fact, older vehicles are over-represented in fatal vehicle crashes, and the average age of a vehicle involved in a fatal crash is increasing. In 2020, 64% of vehicle fatalities occurred in vehicles aged 10 years or older.
Image: Buying a car

As your teen enters or completes their final years of schooling many will want to get their learner licence and provisional licence. This can lead to talk about buying a second family car, or them getting their own car.

So what do we know?

  • Teenagers are often given the least safest vehicles despite being the riskiest drivers on the road,
  • Teens tend to drive older and smaller vehicles, which have higher fatality rates than their newer, larger vehicles
  • Nearly two-thirds of teens killed behind the wheel were driving cars six to 15 years old.

Choosing a vehicle for P platers is an exciting moment but consideration of the safety ratings of the car should be the priority. If you are involved in a crash, regardless of who’s at fault, the choice of vehicle could make all the difference.

A driver of the worst vehicle rated is over eight times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in the same crash than the same driver in the safest vehicle. “
Associate Professor Stuart Newstead, Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)

Enhance young drivers’ safety, and that of their passengers and other road users, by choosing a car with as many safety features as possible. We can't all afford a new car, but there are many used cars that are safe and affordable to choose from.

Help them choose the safest car possible within your/their budget by reviewing the new used car safety ratings guide to significantly reduce their chance of being killed or seriously injured in a crash, or help avoid a crash altogether.

Car safety features
Image: Safety features when buying a used car

If you have a teen with their learner or P plate licence consider how safe the car they're driving is, and whether it's time to find a safer one? https://howsafeisyourcar.com.au/

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