Can color coded car shopping help you find a safe car?

It's a no-brainer that you want to find the safest car possible when you go out car...

It's a no-brainer that you want to find the safest car possible when you go out car shopping. In addition to standard safety features, consider your potential car color when you are looking for your next vehicle.

The three safest colors

According to Cars Direct, the safest car color is also the most visible because it is the color found the least often in nature.

  1. The easy to see color (therefore easy to avoid hitting) is white.
  2. Lime yellow came in as the second safest color, though it tends to be an unpopular color in the consumer market.
  3. Silver grabbed the third spot for safety, due to nearly matching white's level of visibility and silver's added night visibility, though it fades into the horizon in early evening and in fog.

Against the theory of safest color

According to, however, the insurance industry does not recognize a safest car color, citing as myth, the urban legend that says red cars cost more to insure, get more tickets and wreck more often than other car colors. The site does say that a psychology exists linking the need for fast driving to red car owners, but that is an example of unsafe driving rather than a true example of red paint's dangerous properties.

The important part

Here's what you really need to keep in mind when car shopping for a safe vehicle. While some logic lies behind color affecting car safety, other safety features bear far more weight in determining a car's safety.

  1. Have your local Atlanta mechanic check the brakes and run a diagnostic on the vehicle to make sure everything is mechanically sound and works properly.
  2. Check the vehicle's history report. If the car has been wrecked, it's a good idea to have your mechanic or nearest dealership check to be sure the airbags have been repaired or replaced.
  3. Finally, watch for red flags, such as flashing dashboard lights or dashboard lights that stay lit when they should not be visible.

Don't let yourself become so focused on the car's color that you overlook a mechanical problem that can lead to a truly unsafe situation, but choosing highly visible colors does seem to make it easier for other drivers to see you and to avoid hitting you.

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