According to an article in this morning’s Parade, “How to Survive the Worst,” the safest seat in a car crash is the middle back seat. Experts at the University of Buffalo examined car crashes between 2000 and 2003 and found that the rear middle seat was a surprising 16% safer than any other place in the vehicle. These researchers also found that riding in the back seat was an overall 59% to 86% safer than riding in the front seat. Finally they determined that riding the back seat hump was 25% safer than riding next to the rear window seats.
What does this mean for you? Don’t be too hesitant to take the back middle seat when traveling with a group. It might save your life.
But what if you are the driver? Australian researchers found that white cars were less likely to be involved in accidents than cars of any other color. Compared with white cars, during daylight hours, black cars had a 12% higher crash risk; gray, 11%; silver 10%; blue and red, 7%. At dawn or dusk, black cars had a 47% higher crash risk than white cars.
Sach and I both drive white vehicles; although I must confess my previous vehicle was black. So with the decline in the car market, you might want to trade out that old black vehicle for a white one.
According to the article in Parade, a new book, “The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science That Could Save Your Life” will be published later this month. I for one intend to get a copy.