Is there a connection between car color and safety?
When buying a car, most people will choose the color of the car according to their preferences without considering the relationship between car color and safety. Some people may be wondering, is there a connection between color and traffic accidents?
A study from State Farm (Australia’s largest auto insurance company) shows that cars of different colors have obvious differences in the frequency of crashes and other traffic accidents. From the data point of view, black cars are the most prone to traffic accidents, followed by gray or silver cars. A white car is the safest. The safer colors of black are yellow, red, and green. During the day, the frequency of accidents in black cars is 12% higher than that in white cars. In the early morning or evening, the probability of a black car accident is 1.5 times that of a white car.
What makes black cars more dangerous than other colors?
Related research has shown that there is a certain connection between color characteristics and safety. This is also the reason for the difference in the frequency of traffic accidents between cars of different colors. The first related color characteristic is forward and backward, which is the so-called forward color and backward color. For example, if there are four red, yellow, blue, and green cars keeping the same distance from you, you will feel that the red and yellow cars should be closer to you. The blue and green cars look further away. Among these four colors, yellow and red are forward colors, and blue and green are backward colors. People tend to be more careful about vehicles that are closer to them.
Another color characteristic related to safety is swelling and shrinking. This feature causes the same body to be painted with different colors, which will give people the feeling of different sizes. Generally speaking, yellow gives people a greater visual effect, which is a swelling color. The same volume of green or blue feels smaller in volume and is a shrinking color. Vehicle accident investigations in the United States and Japan show that blue and green cars have a higher frequency of accidents than yellow cars. This can explain to a certain extent that the visual perception of inflated colors is more obvious.
Finally, the brightness of colors in people’s vision is different. According to this characteristic, the color can be divided into two types: light color and dark color. Red, yellow, and white are light colors, they look brighter and easier to recognize. The dark car looks lower in brightness, smaller in size, and farther away. People tend to relax their vigilance against dark vehicles.
Although the accident rate of vehicles of different colors is different, don’t worry too much if your vehicle is black. The color of the vehicle has never been the main factor leading to traffic factors. As long as you drive normally according to traffic rules, the probability of a traffic accident is extremely low.