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Monash expert: Selection of vehicle contributing to road safety

Monash University < 1 mins read

A Monash University road safety expert is available to speak today on the topics covered in the Drive podcast, engaging drivers to be safe on the roads ahead of the holiday period.

Jerome Carslake, Director of the National Road Safety Partnership Program, Monash University Accident Research Centre

Contact: +61 0429 009 998 or

  • Features to look for when purchasing cars
  • Keeping safety front of mind when driving
  • The increase in the average size of cars on Australian roads
  • The accountability of pedestrians regarding road safety
  • Knowing your driver fatigue triggers ahead of holiday time

The following can be attributed to Mr Carslake:

“The risk of death and serious injuries posed by utes compared to a medium car is 30 per cent higher when in a collision, and with the average increase in car size on our road, this poses a threat to pedestrians if they’re struck by these large vehicles.

“The death toll has risen five per cent purely from people choosing to buy 4WDs, utes and large SUVs, showing that just from the size, the risk increases. 

“There needs to be more emphasis on the shared responsibility of road safety, and how the choices in vehicles purchased or actions behind the wheel contribute to the issues we face driving.

For people to get home safe, they need everyone to be safe around them using the road.”

For more Monash media stories visit any other topics on which you may be seeking expert comment, contact Monash University Media on +613 9903 4840 or

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