Vehicle Conspicuity

The DSA web page The Red Light District explores safety aspects of indicators and rear fog lights, the former of which are often seriously inadequate on American-built vehicles and the latter — quite ludicrously — are not allowed.

A report from CIE looks at the use of ‘Automobile Daytime Running Lights’ as a useful method to combat daytime crashes.

Recent research in the USA would suggest that silver cars are less likely to be involved in crashes. This is interesting because it goes against the grain of established knowledge, namely that all pastel or light shades of colors are harder to see when the light levels are poor — such as dawn, dusk and in bad weather. So what was the perceived reason for the “safety” of silver?  Simple!  Silver cars are currently seen as being expensive status symbols and are therefore generally driven more cautiously, by somewhat more mature people who are in the age bracket where cautious driving is more to be expected anyhow.

Around the world, various police forces make differing use of vehicle conspicuity (or deliberate drabness) in their efforts to either deter or catch traffic offenders. As there is much to be said for deterrence, we have a special section on police vehicle conspicuity,here.