Safer vehicles

The number of people killed in vehicles in the UK has fallen by 56% in the last 20 years. The Department for Transport says advances in vehicle safety helped achieve this, contributing to a fall of more than 75% in the number of people killed on British roads since 1965.

The technology in our vehicles is evolving fast, and safety systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated. This is good news for all road users – but it can make it tricky to keep up!

Government realises that to continue this decline, drivers need to know what safety systems are available to them so they can make informed decisions when buying a vehicle.

RoadSafe works with partners, including eSafetyAware and SMMT, to promote the benefits of modern safety systems – but don’t just take our word for it.  See what other industry insiders say in ‘Saving lives: twenty years of automotive innovation’.

Vehicle maintenance is also essential, and we regularly campaign to remind drivers of its importance. 

Useful information

If you’re buying a car, look at our Choosing a safer car fact sheet, and use RoSPA's A - Z car buyer’s guide of vehicle safety jargon. 

The European New Car Assessment Programme (EURO NCAP) provides an independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. Its results are available for free. 

Euro NCAP Advanced compliments Euro NCAPs existing star rating scheme by rewarding advanced safety technologies.

eSafetyAware works internationally to promote the benefits of electronic safety (eSafety) systems in vehicles. Its research shows that many consumers do not know about the latest technologies.

TyreSafe is one of the UK's leading tyre safety organisations, dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers associated with defective or illegal tyres.

The European Commission plans to legislate for many new technologies in its road safety plan for 2011 – 2020.