Did you know your car color can be more prone to car accidents

Rarely do drivers think about the color of the car they drive. The first questions that come to mind when talking about a car are fuel type and engine size.

Many drivers simply pick the color they like– which is blue and silver on most occasions with black trailing close by in popular choices. Various studies over the years made a correlation between car and color and accident rates and black cars almost always top the car crash index. It’s a common thought that red cars are the ones to cost more, be in more car accidents, and have higher insurance rates.

However, It was concluded that black cars are 47 percent more likely to be involved in a car accident than vehicles of other colors. The reason for this being is that black cars are harder to see at night and they stand out less against the road than a white, gold, or yellow vehicle. However, during daylight hours, black cars were only up to 12 percent more likely to be involved in crashes than white cars. Even though the visibility is clearer and all cars can be seen, white cars shine against the light which makes them unavoidable.

On the other hand, a study conducted in New Zealand found that black cars were the most accident-prone, but silver was amongst the safest car color to drive. The results could potentially be influenced by the type of driver who chooses silver as opposed to the other colors. According to the study, drivers over the age of 55 tend to buy more silver cars and are also known to be the safest amongst drivers. Silver cars were about 50 percent less likely to be involved in a crash resulting in serious injury when compared to white cars. In the study, the association between silver cars persisted even after they removed drivers over the age of 55.

Besides car colors and crashes, the darker colored cars such as black, red, blue, and green are more likely to be stolen or broken into because of their poor visibility. Those colors mask any intruder that might try breaking into your car.

Just a few things to think about before purchasing your next car.

Nicole Avila 

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