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Tips to save a life
  1. Get an intelligent speed assistance device, such as some brands of sat-nav or a smart phone app, to help you keep to the speed limits - exceeding the speed limit by just a few km/h greatly increases the risk of a serious crash. Pay-How-You-Drive car insurance rewards drivers  who obey speed limits. 2018: Ubicar is a new smartphone app that encourages safe driving.
  2. If your car has cruise control with a speed limiter function try using the speed limiter to drive at a constant, chosen speed on open roads. It is much safer than cruise control, which requires driver intervention in order to slow the vehicle. The speed limiter function requires driver intervention (simply pressing the "cancel" button) to exceed the selected speed - to slow down you just lift your foot off the accelerator as normal.
  3. Choose ANCAP 5-star vehicles for the whole family, particularly young drivers - avoid vehicles with 3 stars or less and look for cars with 6 or more airbags that give good protection in side impact crashes. Many models marketed between 2005 and 2015 only had 6 or more airbags on more expensive variants so look for these when buying a used car (optional equipment is not evidentr in Used Car Safety Ratings)
  4. In Australia, never use parking lights on a moving vehicle. If you think you need lights on to make your vehicle more conspicuous during the day then switch on low-beam headlights or, better still, install daytime running lights. Similarly, don't use fog lights except when there is fog.
  5. There is no substitute for adult supervision of children walking/playing in the vicinity of moving vehicles (e.g. driveways and parking lots). Reversing devices such as a camera can help avoid a tragedy but they are far from 100% effective. 
  6. Keep children in a dedicated child restraint (with built-in 6-point harness) for as long as possible but at least until their 4th birthday. A booster seat should be used until they are at least 7. This is now law in many Australian states. Look for shoulder height markers in Australian child restraints.
  7. On country roads, if you drop one wheel off the edge of the tar, slow down gradually (gentle braking is OK) and carefully drive back onto the tar when the speed has reduced. A sudden attempt to get back onto the tar at high speed often leads to a rollover crash.
  8. Engage "Do Not Disturb While Driving" on your phone

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Each of these vehicle-safety initiatives has the potential to markedly reduce casualties in relevant accidents.  Graphs are from several conference presentations.
curtain benefits 

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PDFs of conference papers (with co-authors) and presentations (see also ESV papers)

* Note: not necessarily current ANCAP policy

International Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV) - updated links to PDFs at NHTSA