Before buying a car, one puts in more thought on what the interior and exterior features are, how the engine runs, its safety technology and finally, the car’s colour. Most car buyers consider their choice of colour based on how other similar cars look like in a particular colour. Colour is chosen for the look at most times. For example, Race and speed enthusiasts like the colour black, red and blue while executives prefer solid white and grey. What most people do not know, is that the colour of the car you choose may be a factor in your chances of getting into an accident.

Silver is the most popular car colour with white as a close second. Of the two car colours, however, white exceeds silver in its safety ratings. 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 colours are grey, silver, blue, and red. These car colours also increase the chances of your car getting stolen. (Thought you should know that)

White is the safest colour in a car because of its high visibility during the day and at night, on a sunny day and on a rainy day and be it on a foggy day or a cloudy one. According to statistics, black cars are 47 per cent more likely to be involved in crashes than other colours.


8 safest colours for your car

  1. Orange is a very bright colour, but it’s also not seen in surrounding areas on the roads. Not all vehicle manufacturers will offer an orange colour, which does make it very hard to obtain, but it is one of the top safest colours you can go for, with some statistics suggesting it as the safest of all.        


2. Yellow is famously painted onto every school bus and van in Kenya, and taxis in other parts of the world. And there’s a reason for it. Yellow is bright and it stands out in rainy conditions, fog, at dusk and dawn and other low-light situations, and it’s great at night. It also provides good contrast against other objects around roads, including the black tarmac, thus increased safety.      


3. Green is a bit like red. There are lots of surrounding objects that are green; Green grass, buildings, bushes, vegetation and trees are fairly common in green. This means contrast isn’t as high as it is with the brighter colour options.   



4. Blue is the next safest colour after grey, which means it’s not all that safe. Blue tends to blend in with the sky during the day, and it doesn’t provide much contrast against the black tarmac. At night it can come across as black if it’s a mid-range or darker shade of blue.


5. White might seem like it should be the safest colour, however, studies have shown that white cars are very common and the fact that they are common can affect the way they stand out, or rather, not stand out. White is still regarded as a very safe option as it can be seen more clearly in low-light conditions and it is a straight contrast against the black road.

6.     Gold is bright and shiny, which means it stands out during the day. It is also good at reflecting light during the night and provides good contrast with the black road. Gold colour in cars in Kenya is mostly used to show luxury, class and untouchability. Seems these are not the only reasons, safety too.


7.  Silver is statistically the most popular colour buyers are going for these days. It is a safe colour as it is bright and stands out in low-light conditions. However, in rainy conditions the colour can blend in very well, making it hard to see. For all other occasions, silver is safe. It is also one of the best colours for resale value.

8. Red is not necessarily the safest. Red can become tangled in the surrounding colours with brake lights, and various road signs incorporating various shades of red. It does stand out, even in rainy or foggy conditions, however, at night it is not bright enough to lighten up. It is considered a safe colour, just not as safe as the other options.