Colors are all around you all the time, but did you know that color could influence if you get into a car crash? You may be surprised to know that certain colors of vehicles are more likely to be involved in crashes than others, and they’re probably not the colors that you’d assume.
The color of your vehicle may influence your insurance rates, the chances of getting into a crash, the chances of getting speeding tickets or even influence if your vehicle is stolen.
Which color of car is most likely to crash?
Studies have found that black vehicles are around 50% more likely to be involved in a collision. This is the opposite of the safest color, yellow, which is followed closely by white.
What makes black such a dangerous color? It’s harder to see, especially at night. This is in comparison to white vehicles, which stand out even in the dark.
Other colors that have high crash rates include gray, silver and dark blue vehicles.
What’s the safest car color to select?
If you want to be safer, you can select a bright color like yellow. Yellow is the safest color, and white comes second. The reason for this is because both stand out in the dark, are easier to see, and catch attention from pedestrians and cyclists.
What about other car colors?
Other cars are also at risk of being involved in collisions, but not as often as black vehicles. For example, red vehicles might blend in with stop signs, traffic lights and other red objects, so they’re slightly more at risk of getting into a collision. This is a similar problem with green vehicles that blend in with the color of grass or light blue vehicles that may match the sky on the horizon. Selecting a color that matches the scenery does put you at a higher risk of crashing.
As you can see, the color of vehicle you drive may influence your risk. No matter which color you choose, though, it’s important that others pay attention and don’t collide with you. If they do, then they may be held liable for any damage they cause.