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March 19, 2005

How to minimize your chance of being in a car crash — by doing absolutely nothing

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Yes, you read correctly: it is indeed possible to get something for nothing: in this case, something substantial.

All you need to do is buy the right color car and you will decrease your chance of being hit by a large factor.

Researchers at the University of Auckland found that silver cars have half the rate of serious crashes as white cars.

White, yellow, grey, red and blue cars all carry about the same amount of risk.

Black, brown and green cars are twice as likely as white and comparably risk-rated colored cars to be in serious crashes; that equates to four times more crashes, all other things being equal, than silver cars.

In the study researchers took into account engine size; make and age of the car; and driver sex, age and socio-economic status.

They also controlled for road conditions and ambient light.

They suggest that the reason some colors are safer than others is a result of higher reflectivity and increased contrast with the background.

The results were published in the British Medical Journal in December 2003.

Want to take things one step further and lower your crash likelihood by an additional 33%?

Simply turn on your lights during the day — don't wait for inclement weather or evening.

Swedish investigators have found this simple maneuver is enormously effective — so much so that in Sweden, Canada and more and more countries, it's not just a choice — it's the law.

[via Russ Walter's "Tricky Living"]

March 19, 2005 at 01:01 PM | Permalink


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