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What is the safest color for an automobile?

Question #148414. Asked by unclerick.
Last updated Apr 25 2021.
Originally posted Apr 22 2021 2:55 PM.

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The one thorough study on this that everyone cites was done by Monash University (Australia) Accident Research Center in 2007, and I've linked to it below. According to this study (which used Australia and New Zealand crash data from 1982 to 2004), the safest color is white, but the differences between it and other bright colors such as creme, yellow, or beige were not statistically significant (orange also appears very safe, but the data is limited). So any of those colors technically could be considered to be the safest. However, certain colors could be shown at a statistically significant level to be less safe. Or, as the conclusion to the study puts it:
Results of the analysis identified a clear statistically significant relationship between vehicle colour and crash risk. Compared to white vehicles, a number of colors were associated with higher crash risk. These colours are generally those lower on the visibility index and include black, blue, grey, green, red and silver. No colour was statistically significantly safer than white, although a number of other colours could not be distinguished from white statistically in terms of relative crash risk.

link https://www.monash.edu/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/216475/An-investigation-into-the-relationship-between-vehicle-colour-and-crash-risk.pdf

Apr 22 2021, 9:55 PM
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Possibly the LEAST safe colour is silver-grey. My late mother once bought a Ford Escort in this colour, and for about three months complained loud and long about how badly everyone was driving all of a sudden. After nearly being sideswiped on a bend in open flat countryside, she realised that the other driver just hadn't seen her. She then started to look at other cars in this then fashionable colour, and decided that they just merged into almost any UK background. (She was an artist, and well experienced with the use of colour.). She immediately traded it in for a Morris Marina Coupe in bright red. (Two months later that went too - not because of the colour which was fine from the visibility POV, but because its cornering was totally lousy and the acceleration equally bad.) I've never bought a car in this colour as a result of this. link https://www.dulux.com.au/specifier/colour/silver-grey which is a bit darker than the Ford colour.

Apr 23 2021, 2:40 PM
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Apr 24 2021, 3:56 PM
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I remember driving one grey, rainy morning. A car which was literally the same color as the asphalt approached me in the oncoming lane. I did not see it until it was almost beside me.
link https://community.qvc.com/t5/Community-Chat/Asphalt-colored-cars/td-p/4164753

Apr 25 2021, 8:30 AM
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