Stability controlStability control could cut risk of accidents

01 March 2006

You can dramatically cut your chances of having a road accident if your car has stability control.

That's the verdict of a report published online today by Which? (see below). We think it's high time that all cars were fitted with this potentially life-saving technology.

Stability control works by braking individual wheels to counteract a severe skid or spin if it decides the driver is in danger of losing control.

Studies in Japan, the US and Sweden show it can reduce accident rates by up to a third. We want the Department for Transport to look into the benefits of stability control in the UK.

'Life saving'

Malcolm Coles, Editor of Which? Online, says: 'There's no substitute for careful driving, but we think stability control is potentially life-saving technology that should be fitted as standard on all new cars.

'The vast majority of car buyers, and even some car dealers, still don't understand the benefits of stability control. But our advice to anyone about to buy a new car is to make sure it has this valuable safety feature fitted - you could be very glad you did.'

The number of new cars fitted with stability control in the UK rose from 29 per cent in 2004 to 33 per cent last year.

In Which?'s latest independent safety inspections, the top scorers in every category have this technology fitted as standard: Peugeot 1007 (supermini class); Mercedes Benz B-Class (small family); Volvo S40 (large family); Volkswagen Touran (small MPV); Audi A8 (executive); and BMW Z4 (sports and coupes).