Drivers have been warned to think carefully about what car they choose because certain colour choices can put them at a significantly higher risk of an accident.
According to motoring safety experts, motorists who own a red vehicle are most likely to be in danger on the roads.
While the safety features and ratings are at the top of the list when searching for a new ride, drivers are being urged to consider opting for a statistically safer shade.
Research has revealed that a staggering 60% of red cars have reportedly been in accidents, making it the most dangerous colour vehicle to drive.
The shade is strongly associated with danger, and men are 12% more likely to prefer a red car than women.
Coupled with the fact that a high proportion of sports cars are red, which are manufactured for speed, it makes sense why the colour choice is so risky.
The next most dangerous car colour is brown, where 59% of car owners have reportedly been in an accident.
Motorists with a black car should also be extremely cautious, as 57% of drivers with the car colour have reported incidents.
Black is the second most popular car colour in the UK, with over 324,000 motors shifted wearing that shade, so it is no surprise that it, too, made the top three list.
For both black and brown cars, visibility seems to contribute to why so many accidents were reported.
Owners of darker coloured vehicles could pay a higher insurance premium as insurers factor visibility into their calculations of likelihood of having an accident.
The darker colours make it harder for them to be seen on the roads, especially at night, and they also blend more into the surroundings than other shades.
For this reason, white is one of the safer colours cars to purchase as the shade makes vehicles highly visible and easy to spot on the roads.
“ There are several factors that can play a more significant role in accidents on the road, including the quality of the driving and the condition of a car.
“Other external factors include weather conditions, traffic and visibility, so buying a red car doesn’t mean you will definitely get into an accident.
“By this logic, buying a white car doesn’t mean you are invincible on the roads, so drivers should always be cautious and cautious when behind the wheel.
“Being distracted, not looking properly, speeding, and careless driving are the leading causes of road accidents.
“However, this research into car colours and accidents can be something drivers think about when making their next purchase if they want to minimise their risks.
“Consider a highly visible car that stands out from its surroundings, but most importantly, always stick to the road rules and driver safety.”