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  1. Lourens52

    White as the driven snow

    Here’s a question for those who’ve experienced at least one winter driving from a snow-driving virgin (meant in the politest way possible). I’ve been partial to white cars for the most part. White cars don’t show dirt as quickly/easily as black gleamer, and is, I think, safer because of visibility issues. There’s surprisingly little real research about car colour and safety bar an Australian study that found that white cars are, under certain conditions a little safer because of improved visibility. There’s also a UK study (dating back to the 1970s) but its methodology has been somewhat discredited. There’s lot’s of anecdotal online commentary about silver/grey cars often being rear-ended in colder climates (UK, Canada, northern states in the USA). But this could be because it’s a popular colour. Also in Canada? It would seem the insurers don’t find a correlation and so don’t differentiate the premiums based on car-colour. I’m sure if they could add a buck or two because you chose to drive a puce-coloured passion wagon with yellow polka dots, they would load you. But of course, I’ve never driven in driven snow. So dear experienced forumites: What’s your experience in Canada? Do white cars blend into the white background, turning you into a dangerous ghost rider? Or should I indulge in that red Jeep Wrangler (I’ve wanted one since I was a youngster), or is that just an excuse to break the budget? Ah the budget, the red machine will have to wait until well after we’re settled. Ok well, well, ‘blerrie’ well after! Apologies to those with sensitive ears. White push-bike? PS Those shiny black FBI wagons are smart too, but to keep the shine on... eish, white it is unless advised otherwise by the esteemed experienced forumites.