Here’s How Different Car Colors Affect Your Chances of Getting into an Accident

Next time you're in the market for a car, you may want to keep this color in mind.

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A lot of thought goes into buying a new car, like what the interior and exterior features are, how the engine runs, and its safety technology. So perhaps the most enjoyable part of the process is deciding what color you’d like your new vehicle to be. As it turns out, the car colors you choose may be a factor in your chances of getting into an accident. Here are 34 car-buying secrets your dealer won’t tell you.

According to Kelley Blue Book, silver is the most popular car color with white as a close second. Of the two car colors, however, white exceeds silver in its safety ratings, according to past research done by Monash University’s Accident Research Centre.

In accordance with the study, white cars are 12 percent less likely to get into an accident than black cars are, regardless of the time of day. Cream, yellow, and beige cars also ranked closely behind white.

Besides black, the most dangerous car colors are grey (11 percent higher risk), silver (10 percent higher risk), blue (7 percent higher risk), and red (7 percent higher risk). By the way, if you own any of these types of cars, you’re at a greater risk of having your car stolen.

Ultimately, if you’re looking to invest in the safest of all car colors, choose white. Heading to the dealership? Learn these 13 ways to outsmart your car salesman.

Brittany Gibson
Brittany Gibson is a regular contributor to RD.com’s culture, food, health, and travel sections. She was previously an editorial intern for RD.com and Westchester Magazine. Her articles have appeared on Buzzfeed, Business Insider, AOL, Yahoo, and MSN, among other sites. She earned a BA in English from the University of Connecticut