Have you always dreamed of having a black car? It’s a rebellious color and it looks beautiful on the road, but the color is also harder to see and researchers agree that driving in a black car makes you more prone to getting in an accident. Therefore, rather than selecting your vehicle color based on “favorites” and what you think looks “cool,” you might want to read what science has to say about car color and safety.

What’s the safest color of car?

Despite the fact that younger drivers love the color black — and that the color is also easier to keep clean than white — black cars are 47 percent more likely to get into a crash during evening hours. Older drivers tend to love the color silver, but this color is also dangerous according to researchers.

So-called “dangerous” car colors include gray, silver, red and blue. Some analysts also believe that red and blue cars are the most at risk of being stolen. Is it really worth putting your life at risk to drive your favorite color car?

In terms of the safest color car, some safety experts believe that white-colored cars are 10 percent less likely to get into a crash. This reduction in crash likelihood applies to daylight hours.

Does car color safety research actually hold weight?

Not everyone is on board with the idea that car color affects the safety of drivers however. In fact, a spokesman from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says that drivers should not consider color choice to be a “safety feature” when it comes to vehicle selection. “Color may have some effect on the risk of multiple-vehicle crashes, but it’s probably small,” he said.

What’s the best way to stay safe?

You might consider the possibilities of your car color’s effect on safety when purchasing a vehicle. However, the best way to stay safe is to follow the rules of the road: Don’t tailgate, don’t speed, don’t drink and drive, don’t drive aggressively, don’t get distracted and keep your smartphone as far out of reach as possible.