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Safe Car Colors

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Car buyers, best beware! Apparently, automotive safety is not color-blind. The gold medal for car safety goes to the metallic silver vehicle. Simply put, metallic silver is the safest color car to buy.

Several studies (in many different countries) have shown that, statistically, silver cars tend to be involved in fewer on-road collisions than any other color. Even so, metallic silver is perennially the most popular car color choice in the automotive marketplace in the United States, Europe and Asia.


If metallic silver cars are statistically safer than cars of other colors, why is this so?

Perhaps the safety of metallic silver cars has something to do with the consumers who usually choose this particular car color. Perhaps pilots of metallic silver cars have sterling driving records. Maybe car customers who choose metallic silver cars are simply conformists, who are more likely to obey posted speed limits and other road rules.

Possibly, metallic silver car owners exercise a higher level of on-road courtesy than other drivers, making them safer drivers. It could be that those drivers who select metallic silver cars are simply more refined and responsible individuals than those opting for other automotive hues.

According to the totals, they just might be.

Of course, this trend begs the question: Do drivers of flashy red or yellow cars have racy personalities? One can only wonder.


Possibly, metallic silver cars are safer than cars of other colors, simply because they are more visible to other drivers than the rainbow of alternative automotive paints. Dark-colored cars are difficult to spot at night, and lighter-hued ones may be less conspicuous in daylight. Perhaps metallic silver is the happy medium' it's shiny and reflective and easy to spot at all hours.

Pink cars have also been shown to be safer than other colors, although drivers may have to sell a lot of brand-name makeup to obtain these prize-winning cars.


Which automotive colors tend to be the most dangerous?

Statistically, brown and other earthy-toned cars are more accident-prone than lighter colored vehicles. Black, beige, olive-drab, and green cars tend to have lots of accidents as well. In other words, camouflaging is not a safe choice for a car on the open road.


In 1908, when the Ford Motor Company offered the Model T for $850, company founder Henry Ford said, "The customer can have any color he wants, so long as it's black."

In today's market, however, the automotive customer can choose from dozens of car colors, not counting custom paint-jobs.

Besides metallic silver, the most popular car colors these days are usually red and white, with glossy black following closely behind.

Still, metallic silver is safer, at least statistically, when it comes to car colors.

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