Put young people in safest cars: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has urged young Queenslanders in the market for a used car to buy the safest vehicle they could afford, after research revealed 80 percent of young fatal crash victims were in cars more than a decade old.

News.com.au reported the New South Wales Centre for Road Safety data revealed more than 80 percent of drivers under 20, and 70 percent of those seriously injured, were in cars more than 10 years old.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said a recent Monash University study, co-funded by RACQ, found young people were more likely to drive older vehicles which had fewer safety features.

“It may be the second or third family car, or the cheapest they can afford on a budget,” Mr Spalding said.

“These drivers are the most inexperienced on the road and having them in older cars, without modern safety features and technology, is a recipe for disaster.”

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Mr Spalding urged young people in the market for a used car to refer to the Club’s Used Car Safety Ratings.

“Safety needn’t hit the hip pocket. There are a variety of five-star safety rated vehicles for under $12,000 available,” he said.

“A young person driving a one-star vehicle is almost twice as likely to be killed or badly injured than someone in a five-star car, so it’s important safety is top of mind when buying a used car.”