Safety is a priority for many drivers, and there are a lot of different elements to think about when purchasing a vehicle. What type of safety technology does the car have? What type of crash test rating does it get? Are there any statistics about how often this particular vehicle gets into accidents when compared with other makes and models?
But one thing that people often overlook is the color of the vehicle. They think of this as just a personal preference, an aesthetic choice that they can make based on their own personal style. But it may be far more than that. There is some evidence that the color of your vehicle influences the odds that you’ll be involved in an accident.
Standing out against the road
When you look at these studies, you find that darker cars are considered more dangerous and white cars are generally considered the safest. Accident odds drop by 12%. This is true even though colors like black and gray are some of the most popular in the United States. Options like white, yellow, lime green or orange may actually be much safer.
The reason for this is that these vehicles tend to draw your attention, and they stand out on the road. It’s why firetrucks were originally painted red, and it’s also why you’ll see modern fire trucks with bright green stripes on the back. This has been found to stand out even more than a truck that is strictly red, so it can prevent accidents and help motorists know when to get out of the way.
You can use the same idea to help keep yourself safe on the road, but there’s no guarantee that you won’t be hurt when another driver makes a mistake. If you do get involved in an accident and suffer injuries, you may be able to seek financial compensation.