If you want to avoid an inconvenient breakdown on your next trip, re-spray your car silver or red. Thats the bizarre message that emerges from a survey by the UK online motor magazine imotormag.co.uk. It sought to correlate a cars paint color with its likelihood of needing roadside assistance.
Blue cars are the most popular on the UKs roads, with almost 7.5 million in circulation. According to imotormag, just two million of these -- 27 percent -- needed callouts in the past year. For red and silver cars the rate was just 25 percent, while for white and green models it was well over 30 percent.
But gray cars topped the trouble charts with almost 39 percent requiring assistance. Even the few drivers brave enough to choose purple, gold or yellow paintwork were penalized with above-average callouts.
By way of explanation of his seemingly inexplicable news, imotormag offers the theory that gray is the color favored by rental companies because it does not show damage and defects so easily. These cars, says imotormag, are exposed to higher mileages, so their chance of needing assistance is greater.