Drivers have been warned to think carefully about what car they choose because certain color choices can put them at a significantly higher risk of an accident.
According to motoring safety experts at Road Angel, motorists who own a red vehicle are most likely to be in danger on the roads.
While the safety features and ratings are at the top of the list when searching for a new ride, drivers are urged to consider opting for a statistically safer shade.
Research has revealed that a staggering 60% of red cars have reportedly been in accidents, making it the most dangerous color vehicle to drive.
The shade is strongly associated with danger, and men are 12% more likely to prefer a red car than women.
Coupled with the high proportion of sports cars that are red, manufactured for speed, it makes sense why the color choice is so risky.
The next most dangerous car color is brown, where 59% of car owners have reportedly been in an accident.
Motorists with a black car should also be extremely cautious, as 57% of drivers with the car color have reported incidents.
Black is the second most popular car color in the UK, with over 324,000 motors shifted wearing that shade, so it’s no surprise that it, too, made the top three list.
For black and brown cars, visibility seems to contribute to why so many accidents were reported.
Owners of darker-colored vehicles could pay a higher insurance premium as insurers factor visibility into their calculations of the likelihood of having an accident.
The darker colors make it harder for them to be seen on the road, especially at night, and they also blend more into the surroundings than other shades.
For this reason, white is one of the safer colors for cars to purchase, as the shade makes vehicles highly visible and easy to spot on the roads.
Gary Digva from Road Angel said: “There are several factors that can play a more significant role in accidents on the road, including the quality of the driving and the condition of the car.
“Other external factors include weather conditions, traffic and visibility, so buying a red car doesn’t mean you will get into an accident.
“By this logic, buying a white car doesn’t mean you are invincible on the road, so drivers should always be cautious and cautious when behind the wheel.
“Being distracted, not looking properly, speeding and careless driving are the leading causes of road accidents.
“However, this research into car colors and accidents can be something drivers think about when making their next purchase if they want to minimize their risks.
“Consider an obvious car that stands out from its surroundings, but most importantly, always stick to the road rules and driver safety.”
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