According to the book – Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men – by Caroline Criado Perez, women are 47% more likely to be seriously injured in a car crash than men – and they’re 17% more likely to die.

This is because of the way in which vehicles are designed, the way they are tested (which is to use the average weight and height of a Caucasian male), the seating position of women, and the actual make-up of the female form.

George Mienie, AutoTrader CEO, says that safety should be the single-most important point for any woman to consider when purchasing a car.

So, which cars tick the safety box?

Mienie says that most of the new cars launched in South Africa are indeed very safe. However, these vehicles are truly at the top of their games:

1. Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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The reigning AutoTrader South African Car of the Year, the A-Class comes with extended Active Brake Assist as standard. Depending on the circumstances, this can effectively help to mitigate the consequences of rear-end collisions with slow-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles.

It also comes with Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC. “It can keep the vehicle ahead at a safe distance. This even works at speeds in excess of 200 km/h – not that I would ever encourage someone to travel at that speed,” says Mienie. The A-Class has achieved the maximum five-star Euro NCAP rating, with an average score of 88.5% – making it best in class.

2. Volvo XC40

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Volvo is synonymous with safety and, according to Mienie, the XC40 was recently named the best car in the world by a jury of female motoring journalists. “This vehicle recently won the Women’s World Car of the Year,” reveals Mienie.

The XC40 comes with City Safety, which identifies other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and large animals ahead, warning you if a collision is imminent. “If you don’t react in time, it will brake automatically to help avoid or mitigate a collision” Mienie explains. It achieved the maximum five-star Euro NCAP rating, with an average score of 82.75%.

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