A display of two crashed cars is being used to encourage drivers to take their own vehicles’ safety into consideration.

The unusual approach is being used by New South Wales (NSW) Government and ANCAP to raise awareness of safer vehicle choices as part of a national initiative to promote safer vehicle choices in partnership with NSW Police and the NRMA.

“Driver behavior and enforcement are key to saving lives on our roads, but one key element that is often overlooked is the safety of the vehicle you’re in,” said Michael Corboy, NSW Police Assistant Commissioner.

Families are advised to avoid assigning old family cars to novice drivers. And employers are urged to review their fleet and take action.

“The cars on display show the stark reality of how two different vehicles fare in the same crash,” said James Goodwin, ANCAP Chief Executive. “We too often hear ‘it won’t happen to me’, but it can and it does. It might not be your fault, but if you’re in the safest vehicle you can be, you’re giving yourself and your family the best chance at either avoiding or minimizing the consequences of a crash.”

Motorists can check the ANCAP safety rating of their vehicle for free via ancap.com.au