Top-10 Safest *Used* Cars, on a Budget — UK & USA

Buying a safe second-hand car at a reasonable price is always a challenge; the very fact that they aren’t the latest models immediately mitigates against them, and of course the older a car is, the more this typically counts against it.

Volvo V40 XC  (Photo Volvo Cars)

In Britain, safety experts Thatcham Research have collated the results for cars which cost under £15,000 to buy second hand, have a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and CO2 emissions below 120g/km.

One thing of great interest is how much safety can be added by means of extra ‘packages’ at the time the car is first purchased.  See Nos. 1 and 10, below.

In all countries, it is immensely wise to consult the relevant NCAP safety ratings, which in Britain is Euro-NCAP.  Here in the USA, check these links, and make sure to check the correct year of manufacture for any used-car purchase you might be interested in:

Top 10 safest used cars in the UK now

  1. Volvo V40 with IntelliSafe safety pack (2012-)
  2. Mazda 3 (2016-)
  3. Toyota Auris (2015-)
  4. Volkswagen Golf SV (2014-)
  5. BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (2014-)
  6. Volkswagen Touran (2015-)
  7. Volkswagen Golf (2013-)
  8. Nissan Qashqai (2014-)
  9. Peugeot 308 (2014-)
  10. Volvo V40 (2012-)

Full UK source article, from Auto Express

Interactive Road Signs can be Hugely Beneficial to Road Safety

This is one example of a clearly very useful, interactive traffic sign (from Britain) that I have encountered recently.

Not only does it warn drivers who are travelling too fast for the location but it also warns of vehicles emerging from an upcoming junction / intersection where fatal crashes have previously occurred.

Source: Clearview Intelligence

Automatic Emergency Braking on Large Trucks

Given the number of tragic crashes that occur when truck drivers are not paying attention, and the horrifying number of people who die as a result, I think this technology should be made compulsory as quickly as possible, in all countries.

Meanwhile, if you happen to be stuck in traffic and see a large truck coming up behind you too fast, it’s time for prayers.

TIP:  This is also a good reason to be in the lane next to the shoulder in a traffic jam so that you have a potential, last-ditch escape route — it could be vastly more important than trying to save a few minutes off your journey time!

The United Nations has Linked Road Safety to Human Rights

I have had the good fortune to attend several United Nations sessions on the subject of road safety, both in Geneva and New York, and I’ve found them to be both interesting and extremely worthwhile.

Mixed traffic and pedestrians in one of Cairo’s countless squares.  Image copyright, Eddie Wren.

The latest document they have issued which includes this topic is a draft resolution:

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