The Government is urging car manufacturers to fit Electronic Stability Control (ESC) as standard.
Cars fitted with ESC are 25% less likely to be involved in a fatal accident than those without it, according to new research commissioned by the Department for Transport at Loughborough University.
Road safety minister Dr Stephen Ladyman said: 'Today's research proves what a powerful tool ESC could be in saving lives. I urge anyone thinking of buying a new car to consider the safety benefits that ESC could bring.
'I also call on manufacturers to fit this important piece of kit as standard more widely - it's not expensive and has the potential to make our roads significantly safer.'
Last month, a Euro NCAP study on ESC showed that, out of the 25 European Union states, the UK finished 21st, with only 56% of new cars sold here having the safety kit fitted as standard. Euro NCAP called this statistic 'dreadful'.
A whatcar.com survey showed that 98% of readers wanted the safety device fitted as standard. To see the effects of how a car drives with and without ESC, take a look at our video below.
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