ANCAP Crash Tests
Crashing for Safety
One of the most important features of any car is the level of protection offered to its occupants in a crash. Therefore it’s essential that car buyers are able to make an informed choice about the levels of protection offered by cars on the market.
Through its involvement in the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), RACV has been conducting vehicle crash testing and publishing the results for over ten years. RACV's own specialist vehicle engineers attend these crashes and provide technical input to the assessments.
Even though all car-makers must perform their own crash testing to prove they meet the standard of the Federal Government Australian Design Rules (ADRs), improvements in vehicle design and developments in safety technologies such as airbags mean that most cars now provide levels of protection well above this required minimum.
ANCAP recognises this and employ a much more demanding test regime both in the severity of the test and the grading of the results. A vehicle that complied only with the minimum ADR requirements would receive a low ANCAP rating.
Whereas an ADR test is either a pass or a fail, an ANCAP test recognises some results are better than others. An ANCAP crash is a highly complex and technical test, so to make the results easy to interpret ANCAP assigns a 1 to 5 star rating as an easy to understand measure of a vehicle’s occupant protection.
This star rating is based on numerous measurements to crash test dummies in three separate types of crash test for each vehicle. More details are available at the link at the top of the page.
Additional Safety Advice
RACV also participates in other studies including the Used Car Safety Ratings - which is aimed at older vehicles. Click on the links at the side of the page and below to learn about other RACV vehicle safety programs: