I’m the first to admit that I don’t really know anything about cars, I know how to drive one and I’m really proud that I actually have a pink licence after years of being stuck with the green provisional, but I still haven’t got around to buying my first car. I have seen cars and thought “Ooh, that’s a nice colour!” or “I’d drive that one because it looks like it has a face!” but when it comes to actually choosing a car properly, I wouldn’t have a clue.

Recently, my brother has been looking into getting a new car, even though his Volkswagen Polo is only a couple of years old, he’s decided it’s time for a change so he’s asked my dad to help him find a new one. I’ve been tagging along to the garages, hoping to get some tips for when I eventually choose a car of my own and I’ve realised that choosing a car is a lot more than just liking the colour of it (I’m desperate for a yellow car) or liking the shape, there are a lot of things that you need to think about.

Car safety is one of the most important aspects and after being in an accident in which I was lucky to survive, I can understand why. Accident Advice helpline have created an interactive guide showcasing the safest cars from 2016 and 2017 to help you out when picking a car. I showed this to my brother as he was looking at the Toyota Prius but is also open to trying out a different make. According to the guide, the Toyota Prius has a 92% Driver Safety rating which is one of the highest on the list. It’s also important to see how safe a car is for both the passenger and pedestrians and this one ranks quite highly.

I’m going to be looking into getting my own car soon and this guide is going to prove to be very helpful. Even though I have my heart set on a mustard yellow Fiat 500, I know they’re not the most practical of cars for what I would need one for, they just look really pretty. Safety is obviously the most important think to look at when you’re choosing a car as well as making sure that it will suit your needs.

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