How many people are driving cars with 5 star safety ratings?

As fleet managers and drivers demand safer cars, manufacturers have no choice but to respond. The number of vehicles sporting that illustrious five star safety rating is only increasing, with drivers now having access to a greater variety of safe vehicles than ever before. 

Naturally, this means Australian roads will be safer as well, as drivers, passengers and pedestrians will be even further protected in the unfortunate event of an accident. 

This won't be limited to expensive, high-end options either, with pressure from regulatory bodies and consumers demanding greater protection as standard compared to the vehicles of yesteryear.

ANCAP provides positive forecast

Australian motorists are set to be kept even safer by their cars this year, as road safety campaigns join with technology to create a secure environment for all drivers. 

Throughout 2015, ANCAP estimates that 40 per cent of all kilometres travelled will be in cars with a five star crash rating. While this is a fair proportion, there is still plenty of room for improvement. Fleet managers who are still on the fence about upgrading to safer cars should be spurred on by these statistics, especially if they want ANCAP's predictions for the future to ring true. 

This figure is not looking to plateau anytime soon either, with the organisation predicting it to rise to 70 per cent within just five years. As well as the benefits for fleet maintenance, ANCAP expects the development to save $2 billion a year in costs to society due to there being a third less deaths on the roads.

Considering there were no five star safety rated cars on Australian roads in 2001, these vehicles have been swiftly adopted by fleet managers and motorists across the country. ANCAP CEO Nicholas Clarke believes the organisation can take some responsibility for the changes. 

"As a result of safer cars, the risk of being killed or seriously injured on Australia's roads today is halved compared to 15 years ago," he said. 

"ANCAP has been instrumental in increasing car safety and this will only increase as ANCAP continues to raise the bar through increasing requirements."

What are the new safety standards?

Vehicles today are equipped with a number of safety technologies that were either unheard of in the past or only available on higher spec models. Electronic stability control is one of the major developments, using computers to prevent drivers from losing control of their car when they take evasive action.

More advanced technology is also becoming standard, with some manufacturers offering automatic emergency braking systems to help drivers avoid collisions. This commitment to safety is only increasing as the technology becomes more widely available.