RAA urges drivers to check the safety rating of their vehicles as the average car ages

A used car safety reporthas revealed the safest and most dangerous used cars on South Australian roads.

The report, the 2019 Used Car Safety Ratings Buyer's Guide, comes after recent federal government data showed the average age of passenger vehicles in SA increased from 11.1 years in 2013 to 11.4 years in 2018.

The data also showed that 287,000 of South Australian passenger vehicles were built before 2003.

RAA Future Mobility senior manager Mark Borlace urged South Australians to use the report to maximise their safety behind the wheel.

"The safety report shows drivers of used cars with the worst safety rating are twice as likely to be killed in a collision as those driving cars rated the best," Mr Borlace said.

"RAA strongly encourages people to use the report to help them choose the safest possible car for their budget."

In 2018 there were 12 fatal crashes and 78 serious car-related injuries in the Fleurieu and Hills area alone.

Mr Borlace said safety did not have to come at a premium price, as the report revealed many of the top rated 'used' vehicles were available for less than $10,000.

In the report, vehicle models were classed from one to five stars based on their safety rating, but of the 389 models rated, only 69 received five stars.

The guide used data from more than 8 million collisions reported to police across the nation and analysed the vehicle's size, weight, design, and safety features to establish its rating.

For more information about the guide visit www.raa.com.au.