Is crash prevention black and white?

An interesting study has come out of the accident research center at Monash University regarding the relationship between vehicle color and crash frequency.

Before getting the answers... What do you think is the safest?

  • Red
  • White
  • Silver
  • Yellow
  • Black
And what do you think is the most likely to be involved in a crash?

Black colored cars, according to the study, are 47% more likely to be involved in a collision compared to cars that are white, gold, or yellow during dawn or dusk hours. The researchers looked at data from more than 850,000 MVCs over a period of 20 years. Surprisingly, gray, silver, blue, and red were also crash prone colors. Even in daylight, black cars were 12% more likely to crash than white cars (the safest).

While visibility of your vehicle is a major player in causing crashes, it can't be denied that certain personality types (and drivers) gravitate toward certain car colors.  Have you ever seen an old granny driving a cherry red sports car?  How many black cars have tinted windows?

So one factor of crash prevention, might just be black and white.  At Manual Medicine & Rehabilitation Center, we understand crash factors, and put that understanding to work helping you.  If you've been in a recent auto crash, come visit our chiropractic clinic in SE Portland, or call to make an appointment.

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