Vehicle age

Newer vehicles are known to be more safe than older vehicles, due to continual improvements in crash protection, and the increase in mechanical faults as a vehicle ages. Use this page to access research on the effect of vehicle age on crash risk and survival rate.

How Vehicle Age and Model Year Relate to Driver Injury Severity in Fatal Crashes
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 31/08/13

Drivers are 71% more likely to be killed if they crash in a vehicle that is 18 years old or more compared to a vehicle three years old or less.

Analyzing the relationship between car generation and severity of motor-vehicle crashes in Denmark
University of Denmark’s Department of Transport, 18/02/13

Replacing all old cars across Denmark would halve driver deaths.

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