Silver cars safer: study
December 20, 2003
WANT to stay safer on the roads this Christmas? Travel in a silver car.
That was the conclusion of a team of New Zealand researchers, who found in a two-year study that people are less likely to suffer serious injuries in road accidents if they drive a silver vehicle.
Even when the figures were adjusted to take into account the driver's age, sex, alcohol consumption, seat-belt use, vehicle age and road condition, the study concluded there was a significant reduction in risk of injury in silver cars.
Those in silver cars were half as likely to be involved in a crash resulting in serious injury than those who travelled in white cars.
With five times the silver vehicle risk of serious injury, brown car passengers fared the worst in the survey, published in the British Medical Journal today.
Black cars were almost as bad as brown, and green cars fared little better.
People travelling in grey, yellow, blue and red vehicles were about as likely as white car passengers to be badly injured in a car accident.
"Increasing the proportion of silver cars could be an effective passive strategy to reduce the burden of injury from car crashes," the researchers concluded.