Busting Car Color Myths
Are there Car Colors that are Safer?
One of the more fun parts of car shopping is the rainbow of car color options. It’s no secret that there are all kinds of color psychology. Does black make you seem powerful? Are red fans naturally high energy? And then there are the other concerns around car color: namely, does hue correlate to safety, insurance and avoid law enforcement entanglement? Can color predict or help prevent a collision?
In theory, all cars, regardless of car color, should be equally visible. Vehicles are large, metal boxes and solidly built. But still, sometimes it feels like that sedan or SUV snuck right up on you. Or maybe there was an accident because you didn’t see the car. That may sound crazy, but there’s a bit of truth – some car colors are simply harder to see than others.
In fact, there’s some real scientific studies behind this. For instance, researchers found in a study that black cars are 47% more likely to be involved in some sort of accident on the road. The reasoning behind this is down to sight and colors and the fact that these darker cars blend into the roads and the nighttime backgrounds. While they are more likely than other car colors at all times of day to be hit, the 47% particularly comes into play at dusk, night and dawn.
The inverse of this “dark cars get hit more” fact, then, is that lighter car colors get hit less. And the research backs it up. Car colors that are lighter and brighter tend to be less involved in accidents. Neon colors (such as lime green or neon yellow) are the safest car colors. However, the aesthetic market for them is a bit smaller. But one thing is certain: a neon car color can be seen in all conditions!
If something fluorescent isn’t the right car color for you, the next best choice is white. Aside from snowy conditions, white can be seen most all times the easiest. And white certainly stands out at night, when driving is already more dangerous. White, though, is not for everyone. A good, almost as safe color, then, is silver. It still stands out at night and can usually be easily seen. The downside tends to be in rainy or foggy conditions (be sure to use your headlights and make sure they are clean and bright!)
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