Warning on 4WDs


Sunday 25 November 2001
STATE governments may need to enhance road safety by reducing the number of 4WD vehicles driven in urban areas, a new study has found.

Researchers said it was a myth that 4WDs were safer for occupants than large family sedans. The evidence showed that 4WDs posed dangers to other cars on the road. The Monash University Accident Research Centre has rated vehicles to determine the risk of injury to drivers and people in other cars, known as aggressivity.

The data came from more than 600,000 crashes in Australia for cars built between 1982 and 1998. Several 4WD vehicles showed high aggressivity rates.