City of Swan Asks Locals: "How Safe is Your Car?"

Posted on: Tuesday, 7 March 2017 at 12:00:00 AM

During February, the City has been raising awareness of vehicle safety, asking locals ‘How safe is your car?’

The City of Swan vehicle parked outside the administration office includes a sun visor which provides links to relevant websites that provide vehicle safety information, such as the latest Used Car Safety Ratings Guide at http://www.howsafeisyourcar.com.au/Rating-Process/What-is-UCSR/. This guide shows the safety ratings of vehicles depending on how well they have protected both occupants and other road users in a crash and is based on real-world crash data.

Also at the City administration office, local residents have access to brochures with information about the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) which applies safety ratings to new cars based on crash tests carried out on vehicles. Vehicle safety features can be active features that assist in avoiding a crash in the first place (electronic stability control, autonomous emergency braking) or passive features that better protect vehicle occupants in the event of a crash (airbags, seatbelts, head restraints).

City of Swan Manager Fleet and Waste Services, Colin Pumphrey said the City aimed to purchase 5-star rated vehicles wherever possible, which not only protects staff but also benefits the community, as fleet vehicles are generally integrated into the wider community after two or three years.

Fact: If everyone purchased a car that was the safest in its class, there would be a 25% improvement in safety1.

1Road Safety Commission, https://rsc.wa.gov.au/Education-Programs/Safety-Topics/Vehicle-safety, 30 January 2017.

For more information about safe vehicles visit WALGA RoadWise website, http://www.roadwise.asn.au/safe-vehicles.aspx.

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