Choosing a safe car

Modern cars are safer than ever, but young drivers still have a one in five chance of crashing in the six months after their test. These 12 tips will help you find the safest car affordable.

  • Look for cars with the latest safety features
  • Look up the vehicle’s Euro NCAP rating. EuroNCAP independently assesses the safety of new cars sold in Europe. Its star rating system can help you decide which cars are safer.
  • Check all the tyres, including the spare.
  • Sit the driver in the driving seat!
  • Check all the seatbelts, and make sure there is one for the rear central passenger.
  • Air bags.
  • Check the headlights, brake lights, indicators, fog lamps and windscreen wipers work.
  • Ask the seller if the vehicle has a current MOT with a reasonable time period left to go. If not, ask the seller to get a current MOT before making the purchase.
  • Test drive the car to make sure it runs smoothly and safely.
  • Calculate the car’s emissions. It’s easy to do online.
  • Before buying, check what the insurance will be and read the terms and conditions.
  • Use your head, not your heart.