Car safety & security

If you're looking to buy a new car, our Research Centre has tested a range of popular vehicles on their safety features, repair costs and fuel efficiency and ranked them so you can compare.

Choosing a car with a lower car theft rating

Car theft in Australia is a serious problem. Our car security scores are your guide to choosing a more secure vehicle.

View the car security scores

Cars with good visibility when reversing

Our Reversing Visibility Index measures how well a driver can see out of the back of a car. With testing, we found all cars have a "blind area" that could hide a child.

A reversing camera can improve visibility for all vehicles, from 4WDs to small sedans.

View the car reversing visibility results

Safer motoring – is your vehicle fitted with Electronic Stability Control?

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is designed to prevent you losing control of your vehicle in unexpected conditions. With ESC, automatic braking is applied to individual wheels to help stabilise the vehicle. This is particularly important in slippery conditions or when swerving to avoid a collision. Electronic Stability Control became mandatory on new passenger cars and SUVs in November, 2011. However, ESC isn't mandatory on commercial vehicles.

Adjust your head restraint

The top of the head restraint must be at least as high as your eyes and as close as is comfortable to the back of your head.

As a driver or passenger, you should always check your head restraint when getting into a car. Just like the same way you'd adjust the mirror and seat. This is particularly important if you share a car or you're in a car you don't often use.

Sitting safely in your car

Safety features such as head restraints, seatbelts and airbags help protect you from injury. Yet for the best protection, you need to make the necessary adjustments and ensure both you and your passengers are seated in a safe position.

Here's a quick safety check you can do:

  • Before turning on the ignition, adjust your seat, mirrors, seat belt and head restraint
  • The top of your head restraint should be at least as high as eye-level
  • Drivers must have a clear view of the road and be able to reach the controls without being cramped
  • Keep at least 30cm distance between you and the steering wheel
  • Passengers should never put their feet or knees on or against the dashboard