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Is a white car safer?

On Behalf of | Feb 11, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

As you look to buy a new car, if you’re being safety conscious, there are a lot of different factors that you’re probably considering. Maybe you’ve been reading reviews from other owners. Perhaps you’re going over the crash test ratings. Maybe you’re looking at all of the safety equipment that comes as standard options on the vehicle, from airbags to lane departure warning systems.

All of this can help, but you may also just want to consider the color of the car. What impact does this have on the odds of an accident?

A black and white issue

Interestingly, studies have looked into this and compared black cars to white cars. What they found is that the white vehicles were 12% less likely to be involved in a crash than their black counterparts. This was found to be true at all hours of the day, not just at night, when you would assume that black vehicles are harder to see.

In a general sense, this just happens because white stands out against the road. It’s not that drivers never miss them or overlook these vehicles. It’s just that they missed them less often because the white cars appear a little brighter and more obvious. A driver who is completely oblivious, buried in their phone or looking away from the road, isn’t going to notice either one. But a driver who is lost in thought or perhaps just starting to get distracted may have an easier time picking out a white vehicle.

While the color of your vehicle can lower your crash odds, accidents are always possible and you need to know how to seek compensation if you get injured.

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