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Does the color of a vehicle impact crash probability?

On Behalf of | Jan 30, 2024 | Car Accidents

What are the most important features to consider when leasing or buying a new vehicle? Safety ratings and features should obviously be at the top of your list.

But did you know that color, even though many may not think it is important, can determine how safe a motorist is likely to remain on the roads?

Which is the safest color car to drive?

It turns out color isn’t just a detail; research suggests that specific colors on vehicles pose a certain level of danger than others. Researchers believe that yellow and white are, by far, the safest colors on vehicles. It’s probably why school buses are bright yellow and ambulances are white.

On the flip side, researchers have concluded that black is the most dangerous car motorists can drive. Since the color black can be tough to see, particularly in low-lit conditions, they tend to be involved in more crashes than other color cars.

How color influences vehicle crashes

One consideration is the correlation between vehicle color and visibility on the road. Research suggests that brighter colors, such as yellow or white, tend to be more visible, especially in low-light conditions. This heightened visibility can contribute to reduced chances of collisions, as other drivers can more easily identify and react to these vehicles.

Beyond visibility, the psychological impact of vehicle color on drivers and pedestrians is a factor worth exploring. For instance, studies have shown that certain colors, like red and orange, may be perceived as more aggressive.

Driving such colored vehicles may potentially influence driving behavior; heightening aggression. On the flip side, colors green and blue can have a calming effect on other drivers on the road.

While the color of a vehicle can determine the probability of crashes, this is not the reason behind all car accidents on the road. Most times, car crashes happen due to drivers’ reckless behavior. Therefore, if you ever get involved in a car wreck caused by another’s actions or inaction, don’t hesitate to pursue compensation for your injuries, regardless of your car color and regardless of theirs.