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Trevor Collett | Oct, 27 2014 | 0 Comments

Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission (TAC) has launched a new website aimed at guiding young drivers into a safer first-car buy.

Called ‘How Safe Is Your First Car’, the website allows users to search for a particular car or browse through a list of P-plater approved vehicles with a 4- or 5-star used car safety rating.

New models are also included, using the Australasian New Car Assessment Program’s (ANCAP) similar star-rating system.

Cars are separated into price brackets based on approximate values on the second-hand or new-car market, including Under $20,000, Under $10,000 and Under $5000.

But unlike the wide-reaching ‘How Safe Is Your Car’ website, the version for young drivers only lists cars with a 4- or 5-star rating.

If a young driver searches for a potential first car on the website and doesn’t find it, chances are it scores less than 4-stars for safety and the TAC would prefer the user considers a different model.

2007 Citroen C3 - 4 stars, $3300-4600
2007 Citroen C3 - 4 stars, $3300-4600

The website was prompted by TAC research, showing the youngest and most inexperienced drivers on Victoria’s roads are the most likely to be driving older or less-safe vehicles.

"Many of the safety technologies that have contributed to the falling road toll have been around for a decade or more now, so it's possible to buy cars fitted with them, even on a very small budget," TAC Chief Executive Officer Janet Dore said.

"We need to move away from the idea that it's okay for your first car to be an old clunker because these cars generally don't have features like curtain airbags or electronic stability control, and these technologies save lives."

Choosing a safer first car in Victoria has been made easier in 2014, with the state shifting to a power-to-weight ratio scheme for P-plate approved vehicles, while 51 percent of cars listed in The 2014 Used Car Safety Ratings guide received an ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ rating for safety.

Check out the website here (opens in new window)

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