The colour of your car can determine your road accident risk

December 3rd, 2010 - 6:48 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, Dec 3 (ANI): A new survey has found that silver vehicles have a 10 percent higher crash risk than white on Australian roads.

A 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 colour 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 colour 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 colour will be more conspicuous at times and less conspicuous at others depending on the backdrop,” he added.

Given that our colour vision is relatively poor in peripheral vision, he explains, detecting a car in the periphery is much more dependent on the non-colour contrast with the background.

He also suggested that if you really want to be seen, turn on the headlights rather than fret about the colour of your car - an issue that becomes a moot point in accidents that occur at night. (ANI)

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