In New Zealand, scientists say silver-color cars are less likely to crash than other color cars.
The University of Auckland study of 571 accidents, reported in the British Medical Journal, says silver-car drivers were half as likely to be in a serious crash as drivers of white cars. Black, brown and green cars had even more injury-causing or fatal accidents. The study adjusted for factors including driver age, sex, educational level, seat belt use, vehicle age, alcohol use, weather and ambient light.
Worldwide, traffic injuries killed 1.3 million people in 2000 at a cost of $518 billion (E410 billion) a year, says the World Health Organization.