Published on: Monday, 30th July 2018 | Author: Aminta Gagnon
When you’re buying a car, you no doubt look at everything from price and value for money to efficiency, style and practical features like boot space. But how much attention do you pay to the colour of vehicles? From flashy red to understated white, there’s no shortage of options to choose from, and the hue you go for could reveal a lot about you.
Keep reading to find out which car colours UK drivers favour, and what your choice of finish might say about your personality and habits.
Silver still the nation's favourite
According to RAC Insurance, the nation’s preferred finish is silver. Analysing DVLA data from 2017, the company found that more than a fifth of cars on the country’s roads had this colour, meaning it kept its spot as the most popular choice. There were more than 6.6 million silver cars on the highways last year.
Meanwhile, black recorded a seven percent increase in popularity compared with the previous year and maintained its place as the UK’s second most popular choice. There were 6.4 million black cars (equating to 20 per cent of the total). Blue came in third with 5.8 million vehicles, followed by grey (4.3 million), white (3.6 million) and red (3.4 million).
The colour that recorded the most significant increase in popularity from 2016 to 2017 was white. The number of licensed cars with this finish rose by an impressive 27 per cent over this period. If the trend continues, white could be set to overtake other colours to become the nation’s favourite.
The connection between colour and personality
So, what exactly motivates our choice of car colours? One expert with clear ideas about what our vehicle hues say about us is colour psychologist Angela Wright. Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, she suggested that the finishes we go for can provide intriguing insights into who we are as people.
For example, she suggested that black is a colour that “people can hide behind”, adding that it can be “like a security blanket” for motorists who want to steer clear of making bold choices. Another cautious option is grey. Ms Wright suggested this hue tends to represent hibernation and austerity. She even posited that if you drive a grey car, you may be in the process of saving money. Similarly, white is a “chromatic” shade that’s seen by many as a safe and neutral option.
Meanwhile, if you drive a blue car, you might be searching for calming influences. According to the specialist, this colour tends to be selected because it’s soothing and provides clarity and logic. She added: “If you buy blue then you are perhaps unconsciously craving something sensible in your life, and you’re more likely to be a more cautious driver.”
On the other hand, if you’re a lover of red, you might be a more adventurous soul. Ms Wright noted that this hue tends to represent power and strength. It also gets people alert and excited, and raises the blood pressure. She went on to state that red is generally a more popular choice among men than women.
If it’s yellow that you can’t seem to get enough of, perhaps you’re one of life’s optimists. Ms Wright suggested that this car finish is appealing to people with a sunny disposition, and to those who are naturally friendly to others.
Does yellow signal safety?
Yellow might also help you to stay safe on the roads. In an AA/Populus poll, more than a third of respondents said they believed that lighter coloured cars are the safest, with yellow taking the top position. Of those surveyed, 15 per cent identified yellow as the safest finish. This was followed by white (13 per cent), red (12 per cent) and silver (seven per cent).
Grey, green, blue and black all recorded just three per cent of the vote, while brown and gold got two per cent.
One of the key reasons why light or brightly coloured vehicles are identified as being safer is because they can be easier to spot in a variety of road and weather conditions, potentially making accidental collisions less likely.
Responding to the study findings, AA president Edmund King said it’s no surprise that yellow is seen as the safest colour because it’s highly visible. He added that this is why the AA chooses the hue for its recovery vehicles, and noted that traditionally, it has been perceived as the ‘safe’ colour for utility vehicles.
Back to basics
Regardless of your colour preferences when it comes to cars - and what your choice of finish says about you - it’s essential that you pay attention to the more practical aspects of motoring too. For example, you’ll need to do regular checks on your vehicle to ensure it’s safe to use.
One area to pay attention to is your tyres. Do you have a sufficient tread depth on all of your tyres, are they inflated to the correct pressure and are they showing any signs of damage? If your tyres are unsafe and need to be replaced, you can rely on us. At TyrePlus, we offer the best prices on tyres and have over 700 fitting locations across the country. We also provide a mobile fitting service, so if you can’t make it to us, we’ll come to you.
As well as your tyres, you should ensure you regularly check everything from your lights to your windscreen washer fluid and coolant levels. No matter what colour vehicle you have, these basic checks will help you to avoid breakdowns and accidents.
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