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Is there a ‘safe’ color for your next car?

On Behalf of | Aug 9, 2021 | Car Accidents |

When it comes to buying a car, people tend not to be all that risky with their color choices. The majority of American cars that are sold in a given year tend to be white, black, gray and silver. Overall, black and white lead the way. If you have started feeling like all cars on the road look the same, this is part of the reason why. 

But is it really safe? Black, gray and silver will all blend into the road or the background in an urban setting. A white car is perhaps a bit more visible at times, but even it could blend in or simply not stand out from traffic around it. Would you be safer if you drove a car with a brighter color? 

Yellow might be your best choice

Yellow cars are fairly uncommon, but studies have found that they tend to be the safest. These studies did also find that white was 12% safer than black, and it occasionally ranked out at the top, but yellow stood out even more. The sort of neon yellow with a tint of green, which is often used on fire trucks and ambulances, is one of the brightest colors in existence. It catches the human eye like nothing else. 

Dark colors are still preferred

As much as people think about safety while they drive, the statistics make it pretty clear that people like darker colors that are not as flashy and eye-catching. This may increase accident risks, especially in low-light situations. If you are injured by a negligent driver, you may be able to seek financial compensation to help cover your medical bills and other costs.