No one likes seeing their car covered in bird droppings. What if there was something you could do to stop birds from pooping on your car? Well, there is actually very little you can do to your current vehicle, but if you are thinking of buying a new car, choosing a different color might mean you clean out fewer bird droppings. Halfords conducted research on over 1,140 vehicles and found that red cars are more appealing to birds and therefore more likely to serve as bird toilets. Blue cars came in a close second and the green ones third.
But it is also worth pointing out that bird droppings can damage the paintwork on a vehicle regardless of the color. Polish experts Autoglym say that seed-eating birds like Pigeons produce droppings that can cause a lot of damage to your paintwork because of the grainy texture of the droppings.
Choosing a Color that Won’t Show Dirt
On top of choosing a color that is less likely to wind up a bird toilet, you may also want to choose a color that will not show too much dirt. If you don’t want to keep washing your car all the time, you may want to take Top Gear’s tips and choose silver, shades of grey and other light colors. It may be difficult to keep black, red and pearl cars clean since smudges, smears and scratches are very visible.
Car Color and Accident Rates
Studies have also liked car color to accident rates. Many studies over the years have suggested that there is a link between car color and accident rates. It may seem unlikely that the color of the vehicle could be a cause for accidents until you consider that there is less visibility in poor light against dark backgrounds. According to AA, the safest color to choose is yellow although there are other factors to be considered when choosing safer cars.
Most Popular Car Colors
Despite all of these, there are still some very popular colors. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the most popular colors for new cars in 2017 were black which makes up more than 20% of all new cars. Grey colored vehicles follow a close second at 19% of all new cars bought in 2017. Brown and silver are the least purchased vehicles and have been in decline for the longest period.
Changing the Color Car
If you are thinking of changing the color of the car, it is worth mentioning that you will have to spend a couple of thousands of pounds to have the vehicle sprayed or wrapped. It is also important to note that you may have to change your insurance policy when you change the color of the car. This means that you will have to pay more in premiums than you have been paying.
When choosing a new color for your vehicle, you now have considerations to keep in mind when choosing the right color.
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