Vehicle safety

Since the invention of the first motor vehicle, better designs and new technologies have influenced the safety, comfort and efficiency of personal travel. From car horns (1908) and rear view mirrors (1911) to windscreen washers (1933) and seat belts (1967), hundreds of innovations have significantly changed the safety of driving.

Today, improvements in vehicle safety are helping drivers avoid crashes and protecting occupants and other road users when crashes happen. Vehicle technology is developing at a rapid rate with new technologies on the rise. We will all benefit from these improvements as newer, safer vehicles progressively replace older vehicles on our roads.

Buying a safer car
The safety of vehicles varies considerably, so it’s important to check the safety rating before you buy. Whether you are buying a new or used car or privately importing a vehicle, there is information available to assist you in making the best decision for your needs. Visit our safe driving tips for information on new and used car safety ratings and tips for young drivers buying their first car.

Buying a safer caravan or camper trailer
The caravan and camping industry is the fastest growing domestic tourism sector in Australia, offering motorists a diverse variety of caravans and camper trailers to choose from. Visit our safe driving tips for information on buying and towing a caravan or camper trailer.

Stars on cars
To promote the purchase of cars with high crash test ratings we encourage dealers to display star ratings on all ANCAP 5-star rated cars in their showroom and lots. Find out more about the Stars on Cars program and the dealerships involved.

Design and technology
Crumple zones, curtain airbags, ESC, ABS, traction control... These are some of the vehicle safety features helping to save lives on our roads.  Visit our safe driving tips for information on current and upcoming technology and what to look for when buying a safe car.

Roadworthy vehicles are those that are fit for use on our roads. Vehicles must comply with the national Australian Design Rules (ADR’s) which are a set of minimum standards for the construction of motor vehicles and trailers. Find out more about roadworthy inspections and vehicle safety recalls.

More information

  • Visit for information on registering a vehicle, insurance, vehicle types and specifications, security and theft, standards and inspections, number plates and vehicle inspections.
  • Find more information on how safer vehicles contribute to improving road safety in Towards Zero Together, South Australia’s Road Safety Strategy 2020.

Latest news


Action to refuse registration of cars with critical defective Takata airbags expanded

06 Jan 2021

Additional vehicles registered in South Australia have now been identified as having been fitted with a “critical” Takata airbag, and will be refused registration to ensure the safety of all road users.


REMINDER: Temporary closure of intersection of South Road and Regency Road for bridge move

30 Dec 2020

As part of the Regency Road to Pym Street Project there will be a temporary partial closure of the South Road and Regency Road intersection from 5am Monday, 4 January, to 5am Monday, 11 January, weather permitting.

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Road safety works


Final asphalt for Darlington Upgrade Project

07 Nov 2020

As part of the Darlington Upgrade Project, night and weekend works will be undertaken in the lowered motorway and on South Road to install the final layer of asphalt and line marking.


Heysen Tunnels maintenance works

06 Oct 2020

Motorists are advised of upcoming partial closures of the Heysen Tunnels to allow for essential safety maintenance works.

Road safety works archive


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