Best colour for car in India, Best colour car for safety in India
When buying a new car, choosing the colour of the car always has many people advising you to take this or that colour. We strongly recommend that you choose a White colour car. White colour car may not be the prettiest car or the white car may look dirtier than other colors when not washed, since mud splashes and dirt on the body will stand out more vividly than any other colour. But a white colour car is the safest car to buy in India and can be a life saver, just like airbags and ABS brakes, can prevent you from getting into accidents. How?
A White colored car is the most visible car, especially in low light. For example, the distance a white colored car will be visible to an on coming car or lorry in low light, will be at least 10 times more than a dark colored car. There are lot of scientific studies regarding this which we will give further down this page.
What this means is that, for example in low light, a lorry driver can see a white coloured car stopped on the road, due to say electrical problems and without lights, at a distance of 100 meters. In the same situation a lorry driver will see a black car only at a distance of 10 meters, and he will have no time to brake and for sure a collision will take place. But for the white car, the lorry driver has enough time to apply brakes to avoid hitting a white car.
Black cars are the worst for distance of visability. Other colour cars will have slightly more visible distance depending on how dark the colours are. Statistics from several countries (links provided below) show that white coloured cars are involved in the least amount of accidents.
To convince yourself, when you are driving around, watch how easily you can spot a white car in low light compared to other colour cars. White colour cars are also quickly noticeable on the rear view mirror or side view mirror. Many a times most of us would have been in near accidents when changing lanes due to the fact that we did not see a dark coloured car in the rear / side view mirror. So be safe and choose a white coloured car. To some white colour car is beautiful but for all white is the safest and best car colour to buy in India.
Car colour safety statistics
To quote from the the National Roads and Motorists association of Australia website:
The notion that there is a relationship between car colour and crash risk may initially sound ridiculous, equivalent to the belief that red cars go faster. Nor is it likely that many people in the market for a new car would have ‘colour’ amongst airbags and electronic stability programs on their list of desired safety features.
Yet when light conditions are taken into consideration, there is a clear statistical relationship between a vehicle’s colour and its crash risk, as detailed in a recent report by Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC).
Compared to white, colours such as black, blue, grey and others ranking lower on the visibility index were associated with higher crash risk in daylight hours.
MUARC’s research also suggests crash severity is linked to vehicle colour, with “low visibility colours having higher risks of more severe crashes.”
Here is another link to research about best car colour for safety
To quote from this article " ....... A 20-year study revealed black cars to be the most dangerous ...... The reason lies not in who is behind the wheel, but in the visibility of their vehicle, say the researchers. ..... Black, grey, silver, red and blue fail to stand out against the background of the road, scenery and other traffic. .... The team, from Monash University in Australia scrutinise police data on 850,000 accidents for information on the car, the time of day ......... they found black cars to be most accident prone ....... During daylight hours, they were up to 12 per cent more likely be in crashes than white vehicles, while at dawn and dusk, the figure rose to 47 per cent.