Euro NCAP tests cover a number of safety features and all of the results are put together to give a star rating for the car overall. The detailed results are accessible to anyone considering a particular model of car and care is taken when giving the star mark that no particular component of the tests is at a fail level. The tests are very exhaustive – the autonomous emergency braking system, for example, is tested at various speeds and situations to cover every eventuality. Impact zones are checked out rigorously too, for frontal, side and rear impact. Crucially, child safety is tested separately and this test involves all of the impact situations and the effect it has on child seats, when correctly fitted in the car with the appropriate fixings, whether Isofix or seat belt. Pedestrian safety is not ignored with tests to evaluate the potential damage done by various speeds and where additional protection is built in, such as pop-up bonnets, their efficacy is checked too. Finally, all add-on safety systems, such as seat belt reminders and speed assistance systems are checked to make sure they do the job they are meant to perform and that they make a proper contribution to the vehicle’s safety record.
Good driving is still the main component in road safety
It is important for all drivers to remember that road safety is still in their hands. If they rely too much on the technology in a car which is, after all, potentially fallible and do not drive carefully, they could be held responsible for injuries caused in a collision. Most of the safety features that are being introduced are ‘last minute’ features, which kick in a few seconds before collision and the less these are relied upon, the safer everyone will be.
AAH – we’re here for you
Accident Advice Helpline has been in business now for many years and has made a name for itself as a reliable and compassionate claims expert website. Working with solicitors across the country, AAH gives advice on whether a compensation claim is likely to be successful and if so, can help to progress the claim on a no win, no fee* basis – a great comfort to anyone with financial problems following an injury. The patron of AAH, Esther Rantzen, is a consumer watchdog of many years standing and supports our work without reservation.