Driving Any of These Unsafe Cars in India? Get Car Insurance Now!!

Safety has become a major concern when it comes to driving on the roads of India. The government has made many mandatory inclusions that every car company must have in its cars. Here, we explain how driving an unsafe car is dangerous in India and how you can manage risks related to driving.

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Unsafe Cars in India

Knowing about the best cars is good.

While being aware of the risks involved in driving is also good, eliminating these risks is great!

But have you wondered about how you can manage those risks?

The reasons behind accidents in India can be many, but we can’t ignore the major reason that is the condition of roads in India. This is where you need a wheel and a prayer to survive in case you meet with an accident on Indian roads.

To identify cars that are unsafe during a crash, the New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) by the Towards Zero Foundation was initiated. Under this programme, the organization crashes the vehicle and rates them based on the damage that occurred. They basically conduct tests to evaluate cars based on their safety.

NCAP Crash Test of Indian Cars

According to New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP), Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Ford Figo, Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Renault Duster, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai i10, Datsun RediGo failed the global crash tests among others. These cars were declared to have a high probability of life-threatening injuries and damages in case they meet with an accident. Let us check the details of the NCAP crash test for some of the cars below:

Name and Model of the Car

Bodyshell Integrity

Vehicle Structure

Verdict

Global NCAP (Ratings)

Maruti Suzuki Celerio

Unstable

Proven Inadequate, collapsed to varying degrees (Crash Test)

High Risk of life-threatening injuries

0

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 LXI

Unstable

Proven Inadequate, collapsed to varying degrees (Crash Test)

High Risk of life-threatening injuries

0

Hyundai i10

D-LITE

Unstable

Proven Inadequate, collapsed to varying degrees (Crash Test)

High Risk of life-threatening injuries

Failed

Maruti Suzuki Swift

LXI

Unstable

CRASH Test faced near-fatal injuries

High Risk of life-threatening injuries

Failed

Ford Figo

1.4 DURATORQ DIESEL EXI

Stable

CRASH Test faced near-fatal injuries

Low risk of life-threatening injuries

Failed

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso

Unstable

Proven Inadequate, collapsed to varying degrees (Crash Test)

High Risk of life-threatening injuries

0

Volkswagen POLO

1.2L TRENDLINE (DIESEL)

Stable

Passed

No risk in the upgraded version

Passed

Renault Duster

Unstable

Proven Inadequate collapsed to varying degrees (Crash Test)

High Risk of life-threatening injuries

0

 

So, if you own any one of these unsafe cars that involve a high risk of life-threatening injuries due to an accident, then you should have a good motor insurance policy with adequate personal accident insurance cover. It will help you to hedge the risks involved while driving.

Believe it or not, a car insurance policy solves great financial problems and offers peace of mind on account of third-party liability. Most people get confused and try to get answers for their queries, such as how much coverage is enough, which type of policy we should buy, and so on. Read further to know more about the coverage offered by car insurance policies.

How Much Coverage Does a Car Insurance Policy Offer?

A car insurance policy offers protection against expenses incurred due to damages or loss to the vehicle because of a road accident, theft, fire, manmade or natural calamities, etc. Below mentioned are some important coverage available under a car insurance policy

Third-Party Coverage

A third-party car insurance cover offers protection against third-party liability due to an accident that has your vehicle’s involvement. It bears the cost of loss or damages to a third party property. Third-party car insurance also covers a car owner against third party death or injury involving the insured car. However, this policy does not cover the damages incurred by the insured car. Moreover, having a third-party motor insurance cover is also mandatory as per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

Personal Accident Coverage

Your car insurance policy should also offer you protection against personal accidents, which means it should cover the hospitalization expenses incurred due to an accident. It should also provide compensation in case of accidental death or disability. The amount of personal accident cover offered by car insurance policy in India has been set to Rs. 15 lakh.

Damage to Own Car

Own damage car insurance covers the expenses incurred due to damage or loss of insured car arising due to road accidents, theft, natural calamities, fire, etc.

Which Type of Car Insurance Policy You Should Buy?

When it comes to choosing a type of car insurance policy for your four-wheeler, you must take into consideration certain factors like your budget, the coverage you want, the add-on covers, etc. Third-Party Insurance and Comprehensive Car Insurance are the two major types of motor insurance policies.

As discussed above a third-party motor insurance policy offers coverage against expenses incurred against third-party liabilities when your vehicle is involved in an accident. Since it is a mandatory cover to ply on the roads of India, you will be required to purchase the third party policy when you purchase a car. However, if you want to extend the coverage to the insured car as well, you can purchase a comprehensive car insurance policy for your four-wheeler.

A comprehensive car insurance policy offers coverage against third party liabilities along with damages to own a car. This policy is extensive and recommended as it covers a policyholder against damages sustained by the insured car. Furthermore, this motor insurance policy covers third party liabilities as well. It also offers protection to the owner-driver of the vehicle against personal accidents.

The comprehensive car insurance policy is especially ideal for expensive cars and can also be enhanced by purchasing add-on covers that can be purchased by paying an additional premium.

In a Nutshell

India has the third-biggest car market in the world. Cars in India are more prone to damage than cars running in other countries due to road conditions. So, to protect your car from unforeseen damages, it is beneficial to own a comprehensive or package policy for your car.

Written By: PolicyBazaar - Updated: 15 February 2022
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