ANCAP dishes out five star ratings

As a fleet manager, you'll certainly understand how important it is to keep your team of drivers safe on the road, 24/7. Aside from defensive driving training, however, the only way you can do this is by choosing the right vehicles.

Having modern cars with all of the latest safety features and assistance technologies is the best way to ensure that your staff are never in harm's way.

With that in mind, let's take a look at three of the safest vehicles available now, that have recently passed through the rigorous Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) tests.

Toyota Prius V

The Toyota Prius line of vehicles has long been known for economic benefits - they sip petrol and can utilise an electric motor for low-speed driving. However, they're also extremely safe. In the latest ANCAP test, the Prius V (the wagon variant) achieved high scores in all physical crash tests.

"It has side head-protection (curtain airbags) and seat belt reminders for all three rows, a reversing camera, and provides excellent pedestrian protection," explained ANCAP CEO, Mr Nicholas Clarke.

As mentioned above, the Prius line of vehicles are excellent when it comes to fuel economy. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency in the US found that both the Prius and Prius C took top spots for miles per gallon.

Lexus NX

Lexus are well known as makers of high quality luxury automobiles, so it should really come as no surprise to hear that the new Lexus NX scored so highly for safety. All three variants of the vehicle scored five star ratings, but there are additional safety features on the more premium variants of the vehicle.

Autonomous emergency breaking (AEB), for example, is only available on higher priced variants of the model.

Euro NCAP found that AEB systems usually try to avoid the impact by warning the driver of the impending danger, and then actually applying the breaks if no action is taken. Certainly, this is a useful feature in the event of an accident.

Ford Mondeo

The last vehicle on our list is the trusty Ford Mondeo - certainly a vehicle that most Australians will be familiar with. This vehicle has long been a mainstay of businesses, given the reliability and interior space.

It's good news then that ANCAP has awarded the 2015 model a five star rating. This latest revision of the popular car includes curtain airbags, front and and rear airbags and inflatable rear seatbelts. These seatbelts can be particularly useful to protect children.

Also included are safety features such as trailer stability control and automatic emergency calling as standard.

Any one of these vehicles offers safety features that are tough to beat - and fleet managers would do well to consider them. If your drivers are behind the wheel of safe, modern vehicles, there's a far lower chance of injury in a serious accident.

Fuel consumption and green technologies aside, safety should rank as a top priority whenever choosing a new vehicle.