How Different Car Colours Can Affect Your Chances of Getting into an Car Accident

How different car colours can affect your chances of getting into an car accident

How Different Car Colours Can Affect Your Chances of Getting into an Car Accident


Next time you’re in the market for a car, you may want to keep this colour in mind.

A lot of thought goes into buying a new car, like what the interior and exterior features are, how the engine runs, and its safety technology. So perhaps the most enjoyable part of the process is deciding what colour you’d like your new vehicle to be. As it turns out, the car colours you choose may be a factor in your chances of getting into an accident. Here are the car-buying secrets your dealer won’t tell you.

The safest car colours

According to Kelley Blue Book, silver is the most popular car colour with white as a close second. Of the two car colours, however, white exceeds silver in its safety ratings, according to past research done by Monash University’s Accident Research Centre.

According to the study, white cars are 12 percent less likely to get into an accident than black cars are, regardless of the time of day. Cream, yellow, and beige cars also ranked closely behind white; yellow actually surpassed white as the safest colour in some studies as well. 

The most dangerous car colours

Besides black, which ranked as most dangerous, other dangerous car colours are grey (11 percent higher risk), silver (10 percent higher risk), blue (7 percent higher risk), and red (7 percent higher risk).


Why the difference?

Well, the difference between light-coloured and dark-coloured cars is pretty intuitive: Light-coloured cars are easier to see. “The reason brightly coloured vehicles like white and yellow cars are less likely to be involved in an accident is the same reason they’re less likely to be stolen: visibility,” explains Jake McKenzie, Content Manager at Auto Accessories Garage. “A white car is much easier to see…than a darkly coloured car.” This is certainly true at night when it’s dark outside, but even in daylight, darker-coloured cars have less contrast with the road. “The better other drivers are able to see you, the more likely they are to hit the brakes before it’s too late,” McKenzie says. 

It’s only a small difference

A 12 percent difference is not nothing, of course, but keep in mind that many, many other factors play a far bigger role in car accidents, such as the quality of your and others’ driving, visibility, the weather conditions, and the condition your car is in. So if you’re suddenly nervous about getting a black car, just keep in mind that it’s not immediately destined to be accident-prone. Make sure you’re being as safe a driver as possible, no matter what colour car you have.


[Brittany Gibson]2021

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