Australian cars are getting safer

Technological advancements are helping to drive down the number of deaths being recorded on Australia's roads.

Leaders of the country's crash test authority have revealed that just 1,292 people died in vehicle accidents last year, which was the lowest figure since 1946, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Head of the Australasian New Car Assessment Program Nick Clark told the news provider that this could be improved upon further and he believes the figure could be slashed by 50 per cent by 2020 thanks to clever new developments.

"It wouldn't surprise me if, by the end of this decade, we halve the road toll by virtue of safer cars," he remarked.

This is also great news for car insurance customers, as their premiums are likely to fall significantly if new production cars contain sophisticated safety features.

At the moment, insurers hike the price of cover if a person has been involved in a collision in the past and it is hoped that safer roads will lead to reduced insurance costs in the next decade or so. Cheaper policies are also easier to find if your car has all of the latest safety devices installed too.

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