Choosing the safest car for our family

We put a lot of thought into
picking out our last car three years ago; we looked at safety ratings and did
plenty of research before making our final selection, choosing a Skoda
Octavia. It’s a car that has served us
well over that time although it is starting to show signs of wear – largely
down to the two boys and all the handprints all over the paintwork!!! I think they must have had suncream on their hands and its damaged the paintwork, as no amount of cleaning seems to get rid of them!!!

We actually went for a brand new
car so we could control the options we wanted from the onset, even though that
was by far a more expensive option. The
salesman said we were the first individuals he had dealt with to want the rear
airbags installed, so they would not have had any second hand cars available
with that as standard at that dealership anyway. They did look on a countrywide database but even then I think it
only came back with one or two options and they weren’t quite what we were

Our car is coming up to the end
of its finance and we have one of two options to make either a final down payment
or wipe our hands of the car and go back to the drawing board and look for
something else. As safety ratings have
updated since our last choice as new cars are manufactured I want to see is
there might be a safer choice for our family.

I found this interactive
guide about car safety
from Accident Advice to be an extremely useful
resource; they have based it on the scores by Euro NCAP, which is something we looked
at the first time round. The look of
the car is secondary to how safe it is, the priority for us is getting our boys
from A to B as smoothly and safely as possible, which includes fitting a decent car seat that meets the changes to car seat law.

The Mercedes Benz E-Class looks a
fantastic alternative to what we have already but I think that might be beyond
our means sadly! It has a driver safety
figure of 95% and 90% for kids.

In an ideal world I would want 100% but unless
we were driving a tank with lots of internal airbags and other safety features
I don’t think its going to be possible so as close to 100% as we can get is
always my aim! Although of very first family car probably fared a lot worse in terms of safety, it was tiny but we were grateful to have wheels and it was all we could afford.

I had heard the bigger the car
the safer it is but that doesn’t always ring true going through the findings of
this interactive guide anyway! Some of
the large pick up trucks don’t do so well up against the small family cars,
definitely food for thought on my quest for another car, although I know the car above was far too small, we probably wouldn’t get the boys in it now they are so much bigger!

Do you look at safety ratings when purchasing cars or
do you just go for one that fits your budget and looks nice?

5 thoughts on “Choosing the safest car for our family

  1. I am a bit of a nerdy geek and spend weeks online looking at the facts and figures when we buy a car. In fact my hubs thinks i am obsessive but getting it right can make a big difference but like you say having to balance wants/needs and budget can be hard

  2. We had to change cars not long before our second baby arrived, and it was amazing how much the car seat safety legislation had changed in the three years since our first had arrived. Went with Iso-Fix this time around – great for peace of mind.

  3. I always look at the safety ratings and my dream car is top of its class. Sadly it is also out of my price range but I do have a strong and sturdy car which I don't love but I know is safe

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