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Does the Color of Your Car Impact Nighttime Visibility?

Many drivers choose the color of their vehicle based on what they prefer, and that's certainly one way to go. However, the next time you are in the market, it's a good idea to look into the safety aspects of different colors as well. There are many different studies that have been done on vehicle safety in relation to colors.

When you think about nighttime driving, color differences make sense. Black is the most dangerous because it is the hardest to see. If a black vehicle's lights go out, there's no seeing it at nighttime. White is the safest option because it can be seen, even in poor light conditions. White vehicles also stand out against the roads, especially if there are black surfaces. White also stands out against the forest.

Gold is another safe color as it is another light color. Headlights also reflect off those colors well so the vehicles are easier to see in any lights. Yellow cars are a bright, safe color that you can see during the day and night. Taxi cabs are painted yellow across the country for that very reason. Lime green is another safe color at night because few other things have that color, so it is easy to identify.

In general, it's important to have a vehicle that will stand out in dark conditions if you want to remain as safe as possible. The darker colors that will blend into the darkness at night are the most dangerous. Dark blue cars usually look black at night. While you might think red would be a safe color because it stands out in the dark, it's not as safe as you might think. It doesn't pop like white would and it can blend in with traffic signs and brake lights may not show up as much.

If you want advice for cars that are safe, color-wise, or otherwise, stop by or call our auto repair shop to help you in any way we can. We want your vehicle to be safe and efficient, whether you are driving in the dark or any other time.

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