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How The Colour Of Your Car Impacts Your Road Accident Risk

A considerable amount of thought and work goes into buying a new car, and possibly the next most exciting part about having your own car is choosing the colour to fit the style of the car or to simply represent you. Though car colour selection is a personal decision, you might like to rethink it.

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Various studies done indicate the presence of a relationship between accident rate and the colour of your car. Intuitively speaking, bright-coloured or contrasting-coloured vehicles are more prominent to our eyes, as compared to a dark-coloured one, such as black. It is easier and faster for drivers to take notice of a striking-coloured car given that it stands out from the overall range.

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What’s The Safest Car Colour?

According to a study conducted by Australia’s Monash University’s Accident Research Center, white cars are found to be the safest, with 12% less likelihood to be involved in an accident, as compared to black cars. To name a few, gold, yellow, orange, lime green, pink, cream and beige are also found to be ‘safe’ colours.

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The safety of any coloured vehicle is also affected by external factors such as weather and road conditions, and the amount of light on the road. For example, in conditions of poor visibility such as fog, silver, grey and cream-coloured cars are the least visible, while white becomes invisible in snowy conditions.

In an urban city like Singapore, where it is only either sunny or rainy, it is more important to consider the possibility of your car blending in with the background.

The Most Dangerous Cars

Based on a report in Reader’s Digest, researchers have found that black cars have a 12% higher accident rate than cars of other colours. Logically speaking, the reason as to why black cars have a higher likelihood of being involved in an accident is because it is harder to spot, especially so at night. 

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Following behind black cars are grey, silver, blue, red and green cars – Are these colours not bright-coloured enough? Why are they still considered ‘dangerous’?

In line with the research findings, these colours all have a tendency to blend with the surroundings. Grey and silver vehicles are similar to black cars, where they are not as prominent on the roads. Blue, red, and green, at the same time, blend with the sky, traffic signs and landscape, respectively.

Drive Safely

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While the colour of your car has a part to play in your accident risk rate, safe driving is the most important. Drivers should always avoid driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, and also distracted driving. Paying attention to the weather and road conditions before you embark on your journey will make your drive a whole lot smoother.

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With all that said, the consideration of car colour does not just affect your car accident rate as there are other factors such as resale value. More importantly, having good driving habits is the way to steer clear of accidents.

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