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 (here are some tips you should know before you head out car shopping). 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. (Here’s why you should never, ever leave a water bottle in a hot car.)
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). (By the way, if you own any of these types of cars, you’re at a greater risk of having your car stolen. With that in mind, here are some other things you should never leave in your car.)
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.
Originally published as Here’s How the Colour of Your Car Affects Your Chances of Getting into an Accident on ReadersDigest.com.