Does the Color of Your Car Matter?

Posted on by Defensive Driving Team | in Defensive Driving Tips

When deciding what car to purchase, color undoubtedly plays an important role. You would never want to be seen driving in anything that you consider an ugly color; that would be humiliating! But what if there was more to the color of your car besides whether you look good driving in it? It is often rumored that certain colored cars (hint: red and yellow) receive more speeding tickets and get in more accidents than others. If this is true, it is definitely something worth considering.

Could it really be true?

According to the experts, the quick answer is no. There have been several studies done on the very subject and they have all come up inconclusive. There are too many variables to consider, such as the quantity of each color of car on the road, driving conditions, and the age and ability of the driver. Additionally, the American International Automobile Dealers Association points out that if the color of your car really affected your chances of getting a ticket then your insurance rates would be higher. Currently, insurance companies do not take into consideration the color of your car when computing your rate. They do consider the make and model of your car, but not the color.

Is there more to the equation?

Just because there are no scientific studies to prove that certain car colors get more tickets, there is another factor to consider: the psychology of colors. It has been proven that certain colors can affect your mood. For example, blue is considered to be a calming and relaxing color while red is thought to increase your blood pressure and heart rate. If this is true, it would make sense that people driving red cars (assuming the hood of the car can be seen while driving) would feel the need to drive faster, resulting in more tickets.

Another factor to consider is the subconscious thoughts that cops have. If asked, every cop will tell you that they pull people over based strictly on the infraction, not the color of the car. That being said, most people are more likely to notice a red car over a silver or white car. If there are two cars speeding by at the same time, the cop will probably see the red one first. This is not scientific evidence but simply a hypothesis based on nothing but opinion.

The bottom line:

You should choose a car color based on what you find aesthetically pleasing and what you think you will look good driving in. As long as you drive safely and follow the speeding laws you don’t need to worry about what color car you are driving.

|

Customer Reviews

Defensivedriving.com has a ShopperApproved rating of 4.7 based on 85207 ratings and reviews.

Sheron United States
Easy and Awesome
Daniel TX, United States
It's very simple signing up.
Kelsey
It’s quick, easy to navigate, and convenient.
Jill TX, United States
Easy to navigate website
Samuel
Easy to use and pay!
Mary
Easy sign up
Breanna TX, United States
Great experience
Sergio
Fast and easy!
Dennis
quick and easy
Israel
Fast and easy
Daniel TX, United States
great Experience
Travis TX, United States
Selected this program because of the great feedback from other users
Erin United States
Fast and easy!
Kermit
Exemplary
Teresa
Very easy to register
Makayla
Fast and easy to get around
Robert
Quick and easy!
Debra
quick and easy
Andrew
Fast and easy
leslee
easy and simple to use
Nehemiah
It was easy to complete
Uriel
Great course, really easy
barker
easy, simple good value, download cert. get er done in one day, then have great customer service
BLANCA
EASY AND QUICK, I LOVE THAT
Lorenza
Registration was easy.
Parker
Great!
Kamal
The whole process has been very fluid and straightforward, I've had no trouble with anything so far.
Nathan
Easy to access and understand
April
Great!
Erik
easy transaction
Hiram United States
Easy to use
Lena TX, United States
Everything was great
Melissa TX, United States
It has been very informative and easy to use. Love how they put facts about Texas roadways up.
Dakota
Easy to use
Jose
Easy to navigate
Catherine
Easy clear instructions
Spring
Fast and easy
Annette
Easy enrollment
David
Very convenient and easy to do
See all reviews on shopperApproved.com
Why DefensiveDriving.com
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Over 2 Million Customers Served
  • Highest Possible Better Business Bureau Rating
  • Award Winning Course