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January 16, 2020

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


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.

January 16, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


What about that godawful neon safety orange Volkswagen offered for the Bug once upon a time? Huh? What was the crash incidence for that? If visibility is the issue, isn't that the way to go? Inquiring minds want to know.

Posted by: antares | Jan 16, 2020 4:02:18 PM

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