A new survey on usage of color of a car has observed that the color of a car plays a vital role to determine the chances of a road accident.
It has found that silver vehicles have a 10 percent higher crash risk than white on Australian roads. Hence much more attention is required to be paid while choosing the right type of color of your car in order to avoid chances of road accident.
AdvertisementA leading researcher at the Monash University Accident Research Centre, Dr Stuart Newstead, has warned that the surge in popularity of silver vehicles presents an increased crash risk on Australian roads.
It's one question safety agencies get asked all the time too, which is why they commissioned a 2007 report into the relationship between vehicle color and crash risk.
Using data from accidents in Western Australia and Victoria, the study found that black cars are most likely to be involved in an accident, with a 12 percent higher crash risk than white vehicles.
"When it comes to car color choice, people often put style above substance and safety," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Newstead as saying.
According to Professor Stephen Dain, from the University of NSW's School of Optometry and Vision Science, a vehicle's visibility will depend largely on its background.
"A white car is good in an urban street, which is a relatively dark background, but is useless in the snow," Dain said.
"The reverse may be said of black and darker greys. A red car would be much less conspicuous on a red dirt road in the bush.
"So any color will be more conspicuous at times and less conspicuous at others depending on the backdrop," he added.
Given that our color vision is relatively poor in peripheral vision, he explains, detecting a car in the periphery is much more dependent on the non-color contrast with the background.
He also suggested that if you really want to be seen, turn on the headlights rather than fret about the color of your car - an issue that becomes a moot point in accidents that occur at night.