The colour of your ride says a lot about you

The colour of your ride says a lot about you

The colour of your ride says a lot about you

Oranges and browns will become popular, says Jane Harrington, manager of colour styling for PPG Industries. And while green was at the bottom of the latest PPG colour list, Harrington expects it will once again rise in popularity.

Accidents can happen – is there a ‘safe’ colour?
Car crashes and minor fender benders happen daily. But is there a colour of car that is less likely to be involved in a crash?

Research on car colours and crash rates is sparse, but an Australian study – the 2007 report from the Monash University Accident Research Centre –  shows that white vehicles are roughly 10 percent less likely to be in a crash during daylight hours than vehicles in lower-visibility colours such as black, blue, gray, green, red and silver.

What about theft-proof?
For that data, we can look to Tilburg University in The Netherlands.

According to Dutch economist Ben Vollaard, an assistant professor at the university, two popular Dutch colours of blue and silver-gray were stolen nearly 40 per cent more often than cars painted in less popular colours.

And the biggest reason for that – according to data that Vollaard gathered between 2004 and 2008 – was that resale value is important to thieves, so they tend to steal popular colours.

So if you want security, says Vollaard, opt for a colour like yellow.

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