Car users urged to update

Data has shown that the average age of vehicles in Victoria is about 10 years.

By Matthew Sims

New figures from the Transport Accident Commission have shown 28 of the 54 driver and passenger deaths in 2022 occurred in a vehicle built more than 10 years ago.

The figures also reflected that the average vehicle on the state’s road is about 10 years old.

Roads and Road Safety Minister Ben Carroll said it is essential Brimbank drivers check Australasian New Car Assessment Program [ANCAP] and Used Car Safety Ratings [UCSR], which provide free access to the latest vehicle safety information.

“It is important when buying a car – whether it be new or used – not to overlook safety features that can step in and reduce the severity of a crash or help avoid one altogether,” he said.

“It’s a myth that you need to spend big bucks on an expensive new car.

“Whether you’re choosing a car for yourself or your family you can find a safe, affordable used car to suit your budget and needs – and it could save your life.”

Road Safety Victoria head Carl Muller said life-saving safety features people should look for include auto-emergency braking, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, electronic stability control, and front, side, and curtain airbags.

“When you’re in the market for a car, take a moment to do your research with safety in mind because the decision you make can be a life-changing one,” he said.