Ford vehicles take top spots for safety

The latest round of crash tests by the Australasia New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) gives fleet managers more food for thought when considering new vehicle purchases.

A solid occupational health and safety (OHS) policy for a company fleet will rely on drivers having access to the latest and safest vehicles.

However, as Australia's new car market continues to work wonders in producing cars that meet ANCAP's highest 5-Star safety rating, the choice is now greater than ever when procuring new fleet vehicles.

Two more additions to this list are the Ford Falcon and the Ford Territory, both of which excelled in ANCAP's most recent crash test reports.

Ford Falcon

The Ford Falcon, a five-door sedan, achieved an overall score of 34.61 out of 37. Part of its safety success came down to the number of features installed in the car as standard.

The vehicle comes with dual frontal, side chest and side head airbags, as well as antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD) and electronic stability control (ESC). Advanced seat belt reminders are also a feature in the front two seats and, as with the above, are built in to all models for no extra charge.

Ford Territory

The Ford Territory, a large sports utility vehicle, also attained the highest safety standard during the latest ANCAP tests, achieving a score of 32.57.

Dual frontal, side head and driver knee airbags helped to boost passenger safety in the event of a crash, while the same collision prevention technology as the Falcon also featured as standard.

Other considerations

As more vehicles reach the highest ANCAP rating, fleet managers will find the new car market has more choice. If you are looking to purchase new fleet vehicles, there will be more to consider than just safety.

While protecting drivers is of course a number one concern, vehicles will need to be up to particular jobs. Fuel consumption, load carrying capacity and ease of maintenance are just three considerations for new purchases.

To find the most suitable vehicles, and run them safely and efficiently, take a look at our range of fleet services.