Does Car Color Make a Difference in Accident Statistics?

Does Car Color Make a Difference in Accident Statistics

It’s been repeated so much and for so many years that few people know if it’s fact or fiction: people driving red cars are more likely to get traffic tickets and accidents. This is often used by parents to talk their teenager out of a sporty red vehicle, but is there any truth to it? A study looked at the correlation between car accident rates and vehicle colors. In general, cars with more visible colors are less likely to be involved in a crash.

Black and Gray/Silver Cars

Research indicates that black cars are more likely to be involved in vehicle accidents than vehicles of any other color. Compared to white cars—the safest color for a vehicle, according to the results of this study—black vehicles are 12% more likely to be involved in a vehicular accident. Close behind are gray cars, which have a 11% higher risk, and silver cars, which have a 10% higher risk of an accident.

Researchers believe that these vehicles may be more dangerous because they are close in color to the roadway and other structures, making it harder for other drivers to evade a potential accident.

Accidents Involving Blue Cars and Red Cars

Another risky color for drivers is blue. Blue vehicles have minimal contrast with the road, making them potentially more dangerous in daytime and nighttime driving conditions. Red cars are the standout on this list—many would expect red cars to be the most easily visible on the road. However, they have the same color palette as stop signs, traffic lights, and other road elements. Both blue vehicles and red vehicles are 7% more likely to be involved in a crash than white vehicles.

Cars at Lower Risk for Accidents

The results of this study are clear—white vehicles are at lowest risk of being involved in an accident. They stand out in contrast to the road and signs, and they remain highly visible at nighttime. Other vehicle colors associated with a low accident risk include orange, yellow, and gold.

What This Means for You

While car color might influence your chance of being an accident, your driving habits remain the primary factor affecting your accident risk. If you drive a black car, always travel at or below the speed limit, stay off the roads in unsafe weather conditions, and never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, your chances of being in an accident should remain fairly low. On the same note, driving a white car won’t make you accident-proof if you ignore safe driving habits, take unnecessary risks on the road, or drive while under the influence.

While the results of this study may not be enough to make you rush to trade in your vehicle or buy a new car on the spot, it is valuable information to keep in mind for the next time you’re in the market for a new vehicle.

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