Have you ever wondered if a certain car colour is safer than others? And if they are, which is the safest?
Choosing the colour of your next vehicle is one of the most exciting aspects when buying a car. Most people have their own method when choosing what colour they should go for – do you pick your favourite colour, or be practical and choose a common or boring shade?
The world’s largest study of the link between car colour and accidents was carried our right here in Australia. After crunching the numbers and looking at over 850,000 crashes, The Accident Research Centre found that the car colour does in fact make a big difference to road safety.
Statistics showed that silver, grey, red and black cars are most likely to be involved in accidents whilst white, orange and yellow were found to be the safest car colours.
Let there be light
Low-Light conditions such as dawn or dusk increased the danger for black cars when it was found they were involved in up to 47 percent more crashes then white vehicles.
Colour and car maintenance
Not only are the darker car colours linked with more crashes, darker colours can also tend to show the age of your vehicle more rapidly.
Over time with darker colours you will typically see more scratches and swirls evident in the paintwork. The same scratches on a lighter-coloured car are less noticeable.
By far the most popular car colour choice in Australia and around the world is white. But according to a US study of over 20 million used car sales, when it comes to choosing the safest car colour from a resale point of view, yellow is the clear winner. The study also found that yellow cars depreciate far more slowly than black cars.
While car colour can make some difference when it comes to accident statistics, by far the most important factor is safe driving. By driving within the speed limit, not driving after drinking and avoiding driving when tired, you increase your own safety on the road and that of others.