I don’t know about you, but when I was looking at getting my first car, I gave it a thorough check to make sure it has a vaguely functioning coffee holder, somewhere to plug my aux chord and didn’t smell like wet socks. I might have even checked to see if it has an engine (or at least a hunk of metal under the hood that looked like it could turn petrol into me getting a drive-thru burger at 3am because my stingy sister bought the cheap plane tickets which meant I had to pick her up in the middle of the night).
The point is, for us P platers, the safety of a car isn’t always front of mind when buying a car, we just want something that starts. Luckily, safety is no longer a luxury saved for ultra-wealthy people with hyphenated last names, it’s accessible to us regular folk via a little website called howsafeisyourfirstcar.com.au.
This easy-to-use website lets you find the perfect car for your budget and taste, safe in the knowledge that every car on howsafeisyourfirstcar.com.au has a 4 or 5 star ANCAP safety rating. This means you can focus on the cup holders, aux chord and sock smell (or hopefully lack thereof) without forfeiting safety!
Now you might be thinking, “Why do I need a safe car? My mate Dave drives an ‘82 station wagon that’s actually two different cars welded together and he’s never had a crash.” But the unfortunate reality is, we’re overrepresented in Victoria’s crash statistics even if Dave’s story is “honest to god”. As young drivers we make up 25% of all driver fatalities or injuries despite only accounting for 12% of all drivers on the road. As much as maths isn’t my strong suit, that statistic sucks for us, our friends and every other generation of young people that has had to deal with it. However, it’s within our power to buck the trend.
No longer do you have to settle for a car nicknamed ‘The Deathtrap’ by Cars Magazine 1993. No longer do you have to snatch that bargain from your cousin’s friend’s friend who is trying to offload his ute for “no particular reason”. No longer do we have to be over represented in the road statistics simply because of the faulty hardware we’re forced to buy because of our meagre budgets.
So, check out howsafeisyourfirstcar.com.au and you’ll see, curtain airbags, ABS or even a complete set of functioning seatbelts aren’t luxuries anymore, they’re as common and basic as a morning television host. No matter your budget, there’s a 4 or 5 star safety rated car for you. Your friends will thank you, your generation will thank you, your future self will thank you (I might thank you too but I gotta go pick up my sister from the airport again).