Here’s How the Colour of Your Car Affects Your Chances of Getting Into an Accident

Next time you're in the market for a car, you may want to keep this colour in mind.

A lot of thought goes into buying a new car, like what the interior and exterior features are, how the engine runs, and its safety technology. Perhaps the most enjoyable part of the process is deciding what colour you’d like your new vehicle to be. As it turns out, the colour you choose may be a factor of your chances of getting into an accident.

According to Kelley Blue Book, silver is the most popular car colour, with white as a close second. Of the two, however, white exceeds silver in its safety ratings, according to past research done by Monash University’s Accident Research Centre.

In accordance with the study, white cars are 12 per cent less likely to get into an accident than black cars are, regardless of the time of day. Cream, yellow, and beige cars also ranked closely behind white.

Besides black, the most dangerous car colours are grey (11 per cent higher risk), silver (10 per cent higher risk), blue (7 per cent higher risk), and red (7 per cent higher risk).

Despite white being ranked as the safest car colour at any time of the day, all cars face a potentially higher crash risk when there is less visibility, such as driving in poor weather conditions or during nighttime hours. Believe it or not, there’s even strong evidence to suggest that Friday is the most dangerous day of the week to drive.

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