Color is a unique thing. It allows for individuality when it comes to things that are otherwise not so individual. Like cars, for instance. If you drive a Honda Civic, you’re one of millions of people who also drive a Honda Civic. With millions of similar cars out there, it’s no wonder we sometimes approach a car almost exactly like ours when leaving the supermarket. This is because, even though individual colors help reduce this awkward events from happening, there are still a lot of cars out there that look exactly the same.
But what is it with the way we color our cars? DuPont Automotive says that the most popular car color is White, with the least popular color being green. Personal preference typically always prevails when it comes to choosing how our cars stand out among the rest. But, is there a reason that white cars are chosen more commonly over ever other car?
The Correlation between Color and Crash Risk
While some studies try to prove a correlation between serious incidents and car color, it’s hard to really judge how a color impacts the injuries sustained in an accident. However, we can view accident data to see how the color of the car correlates with the number of accidents. One study conducted at Monash University found that white vehicles were significantly safer when it came to crash risk, where as other vehicles whose color were lower on the visibility index were statistically more at danger. It’s obvious that bright colored vehicles are going to be easy to spot, but lighter, more earth-toned cars seem to blend into the surroundings more easily. If you’re driving on the highway and decide to make a lane-switch, it’s more reasonable that you’d notice a bright yellow car before you would notice a grey one that blends into the asphalt.
In Regards to Insurance Policies
It’s a common belief that the color of your car actually dictates the amount you pay for insurance. The common victim of this thankfully busted myth? Red. A lot of folks out there believe that red cars cost more. Sure, your insurance company writes down the details of your car, including the color, but what really factors into their system is the actual VIN number. What really affects your insurance policy is the type of car you have. After all, you can change your color at any time and not have to report it to your insurance company. This myth: officially busted.
What Color Should You Be Looking For?
Safe driving is what prevents accidents. While you can’t control what others do on the road, you can control how you perceive potential danger and how you react to it. Even though there are some statistics out there that suggest car color may play a role in the chance of getting in an accident, you need to remember that you own driving habits make the biggest difference. If you obey the law and drive as you are supposed to, any color you have will be just fine.