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Safety first: How your car’s color can affect your chances of having an accident

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, June 4, 2019  /  03:44 am
Safety first: How your car’s color can affect your chances of having an accident

You might think that choosing the color of your car is only a matter of aesthetic preference but it could actually influence your chances of having an accident. (Shutterstock/Africa Studio)

Have you ever wondered why most taxis are yellow? 

You might think that choosing the color of your car is only a matter of aesthetic preference but it could actually influence your chances of having an accident. Black cars may be elegant but they are not as safe as white cars.

So when you next decide to buy a car, ask yourselves, how safe is your favorite color?

Read also: Five important things to consider before buying a car

According to a study by Australia’s Monash University´s Accident Research Center, white cars are the safest being 12 percent less likely to be involved in an accident than black cars, as reported by Reader's Digest. Other “safe colors” are cream and beige. 

Bright shades seem to attract more attention in traffic, which is probably why many cabs are painted the same conspicuous yellow.

Interestingly, silver is the most popular color of car, according to California-based vehicle valuation and automotive research company Kelley Blue Book, but it is also the third most dangerous, with a 10 percent higher risk than white. 

Blue and red cars are also 7 percent more likely to be in accident. Meanwhile, black was found to be the most dangerous, followed by grey, which increases a drivers risk of being in an accident by 11 percent compared to white. (sop/kes)