A study directed by the Highway Loss Data Institute, an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, has issued a finding in Canberra of the advantages of driving big cars over small cars.

The study found that many small or midsize sport or specialty cars have the worst injury and repair records. Many of these small cars appear to show injury claim frequencies and repair losses at least 30 per cent higher than average, while many large cars, station wagons and vans show 40 per cent to 50 per cent better-than-average claim records.

According to the analysis, a motorist in a late model four-door Holen station wagon, for example, is 41 per cent less likely than average to be hurt in an accident.