Can people see your car at night?

 Aug 21, 2014

As this video shows once the sun has set, the visibility of light and brightly coloured cars is far better, and potentially safer, than darker ones.

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As this video shows once the sun has set, the visibility of light and brightly coloured cars is far better, and potentially safer, than darker ones.

In fact, we’ve discovered that light-coloured cars, such as white, yellow and red, are involved in 10% fewer crashes than darker colours like black and dark blue.

Our data shows the average cost of repairs for lighter coloured cars is less than darker ones, which suggests they may be involved in less severe crashes.

Headlights are clearly another way you can make your car more visible, with many modern cars now having automatic headlights designed to turn on when daylight fades. But our test shows the time these lights switch on can vary by over half an hour, with some of them not turning on until the light is already dangerously low.

(Source: IAG Research Center’s media release on 2 December 2008)

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