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Australia's accident hotspots revealed

National insurer AAMI has revealed the results of its 2018 Crash Index, which lists the ten most common car accident locations in each capital city. The data was collected through analysis of motor accident insurance claims across the country from 1 of August 2017 to 31 July 2018...

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NSW passes tougher drink driving penalties
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NSW passes tougher drink driving penalties

New South Wales has passed revised drink driving legislation, hitting drivers with harsher penalties for 'low-range' offences. Under the new laws, low-range offences will be met with a $561 fine and instant, roadside three-month license loss. The same penalties will also apply to first-time 'drug presence' offenders. Beyond low-level offences (0...


Drivers don't trust safety tech, rely on it anyway - report
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Drivers don't trust safety tech, rely on it anyway - report

The latest crop of advanced driver assistance systems is misunderstood and misused by many drivers, according to a new report by the US AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. According to the research, drivers are increasingly relying on these systems despite not being aware of how they work, or their limitations. Dr...


Can we all just bloody agree on names for active safety tech already?
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Can we all just bloody agree on names for active safety tech already?

One of the best things about today’s automotive industry is the improved vehicle safety. Cars aren’t just infinitely better in a crash, they’re also becoming increasingly proficient at helping you avoid them altogether. But unceasing advancement can come at the cost of clarity. In a market so congested, keeping pace with who offers what is difficult, to put it mildly...


Almost half of drivers aren't confident alongside cyclists - Ford
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Almost half of drivers aren't confident alongside cyclists - Ford

Almost half of Australian drivers aren't confident driving next to cyclists, according to a new survey from Ford Australia. The study of almost 2000 people found 49 per cent of drivers are uncomfortable alongside cyclists, while 18 per cent of respondents admitted to road rage or being actively aggressive toward cyclists...


2019 Suzuki Jimny scores 3 stars in Euro NCAP testing
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2019 Suzuki Jimny scores 3 stars in Euro NCAP testing

Suzuki's upcoming Jimny has scored just three stars in Euro NCAP testing, on the back of relatively low scores for adult occupant and vulnerable road-user protection. The adult occupant protection rating was hindered by a steering wheel airbag that didn't quite inflate correctly, allowing the driver's head to contact the steering wheel rim...


2019 Toyota Corolla scores five-star ANCAP rating
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2019 Toyota Corolla scores five-star ANCAP rating

The new-generation Toyota Corolla has been awarded a five-star safety rating by independent crash-testing authority ANCAP. Australia's most popular passenger car scored 96 per cent for adult occupant protection, 83 per cent for child occupant protection, 86 per cent for vulnerable road user protection and 76 per cent for safety assist...


Smartphone use tops road safety concerns in Australia
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Smartphone use tops road safety concerns in Australia

Nearly three-quarters of Australian motorists are worried about mobile phone use, and more than half are calling for a strong police presence to tackle the problem. According to a study of 1500 NRMA members, illegal phone use tops the list of safety concerns on the road, with 72 per cent of respondents listing it as a concern, topping drunk drivers (56 per cent) and speeding (55 per cent)...


Takata: FCAI website racks up 1.23 million registration checks
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Takata: FCAI website racks up 1.23 million registration checks

It appears the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) website dedicated to the Takata recall is resonating with motorists. Just a week after launch, it's racked up almost 780,000 visitors and more than 1.23 million registration checks. The website is part of a push by the industry to raise awareness about the huge number of Takata airbags still kicking around on Australian roads...


30km/h speed limits coming to Melbourne's north
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30km/h speed limits coming to Melbourne's north

Collingwood and Fitzroy residents in Melbourne will be subjected to a 30km/h speed limit trial from 'late September', as Yarra Council seeks to make life easier for pedestrians and cyclists in residential areas. The new limits, which are a first in Australia, will be applied to the residential zone bordered by Alexandra Parade, Hoddle, Johnston and Nicholson streets...


Australian motorists reveal their worst habits behind the wheel
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Australian motorists reveal their worst habits behind the wheel

Almost 40 per cent of Australian motorists have eaten takeaway behind the wheel, while nearly a third have driven in thongs, according to new research from finder.com.au. The firm's Safe Driving Report 2018 reveals 38 per cent of drivers have eaten while driving, 31 per cent have driven in thongs, 20 per cent have sent a text and 14 per cent have smoked...


NSW slow down, move over rules 'short-sighted' and 'ineffective'
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NSW slow down, move over rules 'short-sighted' and 'ineffective'

The National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA) has lashed out at the upcoming trial forcing New South Wales drivers to do 40km/h past emergency service vehicles on the side of the road, describing the rules as "half-baked" and "short-sighted". Announced earlier this week, the new rule will be trialled over a 12 month period starting on September 1...


NSW: 40km/h limit past emergency services to be trialled
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NSW: 40km/h limit past emergency services to be trialled

New South Wales motorists will need to slow to 40km/h as they pass emergency services on the side of the road, as part of a road rule trial kicking off on September 1. Drivers moving in both directions on undivided roads are impacted by the rule, and face a $448 fine and three demerit points if they don't comply...


Half of new car buyers don't prioritise safety - study
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Half of new car buyers don't prioritise safety - study

Crash testing is getting tougher around the world, and modern cars are safer than ever. It appears buyers could be taking that for granted, with new research finding more than 50 per cent of buyers don't have a car's safety rating as a top-three priority when making a purchase. According to a finder.com...


Mazda CX-8, Volvo XC40 score five-star ANCAP results
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Mazda CX-8, Volvo XC40 score five-star ANCAP results

The new Mazda CX-8 and Volvo XC40 have both been awarded a five-star safety rating by ANCAP, under the updated testing regimedescribed as the "toughest" to date. The XC40 scored 97 per cent for adult occupant protection, 84 per cent for child occupant protection, 71 per cent for vulnerable road user protection and 78 per cent in the safety assist category...


AEB: What pedestrian detection systems might not see
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AEB: What pedestrian detection systems might not see

Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection is one of the must-have safety features in modern cars, but it's not infallible. Whether it's false positives caused by reflective signs or systems failing during demonstrations, semi-autonomous safety assists can be fooled...


ANCAP encouraging buyers to get into new cars
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ANCAP encouraging buyers to get into new cars

The Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has launched a campaign encouraging car buyers to stump for the newest possible car, asking 'who would survive' a head-on collision between a 1998 and 2015 Toyota Corolla to illustrate how far passive safety has improved over the past two decades...


Standard AEB inclusion up tenfold since 2015 in Australia - study
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Standard AEB inclusion up tenfold since 2015 in Australia - study

A report from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has revealed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is included as standard in 10 times more vehicles than 2015. There are a few interesting takeaways from the research, but the most significant is this: just six of the top 100 models lines on Australia's sales charts had AEB as standard across the range (from the cheapest to most expensive variant) in 2015, representing just 3...


Tesla Model X: Autopilot could be at fault in fatal accident
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Tesla Model X: Autopilot could be at fault in fatal accident

A preliminary report from the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says Autopilot may have steered toward the dividing barrier on US Highway 101 before a fatal accident involving a Tesla Model X earlier this year. It's worth mentioning up front, the investigation isn't complete, and the NTSB hasn't nailed down a probably cause for the crash...


2018 Ford Mustang upgraded to three stars in ANCAP testing
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2018 Ford Mustang upgraded to three stars in ANCAP testing

The updated 'FN' Ford Mustang has improved on its predecessor's woeful ANCAP result, but still only manages a three-star safety rating. Central to the improvement is the addition of autonomous-emergency braking, forward collision warning and lane-keeping assist across the range of vehicles built since December 2017...