Our cars, in many ways, are reflections of ourselves. A hybrid model, for example, tends to signal an owner who cares about the environment, while a heavy-duty truck often implies an outdoorsy type or do-it-yourselfer. And a minivan that reads “Baby on Board” almost always indicates a driver who hasn’t had the time to shop for bumper stickers lately.
But one lesser-known way we can project our personalities is through the color we choose for our cars. While most of us only consider our ride’s tint a minor aesthetic detail, studies from CNW Marketing and Churchill Motor Insurance suggest that car color is more than just Plexiglass-deep.
So if car color and personality do go hand in hand, what does your vehicle’s paint job say about you?
Least popular car color: green
Popularity: Used by 3 percent of population.
Driver indications: Extremely confident, prone to dramatic mood swings
Our take: As this happens to be the car color of this humble scribe’s ride, I can say with complete confidence that green … was the only option left at the dealership.
Horoscope outlook: If you drive a green car … the alignment of the stars suggests you’re destined to find true love — or at least an embarrassing individual who looks remarkably like me waving ecstatically at you, his car-color twin (please wave back, please?).
Fifth most popular car color: blue
Popularity: Used by 8 percent of population.
Driver indications: Cautious, quiet, loyal, confident (if dark blue), insecure (if light blue), fairly even-keeled
Our take: If these guys are any indication, there’s no limit to what donning this shade can do for a person.
Horoscope outlook: If you drive a blue car … you’ll find yourself making cautious decisions on the road — like obeying the speed limit or choosing a cup instead of cone when you get ice cream.
Fourth most popular car color: red
Popularity: Used by 10 percent of population.
Driver indications: Anxious, fiery and impetuous, energetic, quick-thinking
Our take: Not even the “Sean Connery” GPS voice setting can best a fresh coat of red paint when it comes to making a car seem like it’s way more handsome, polished, and charming than whatever you’re stuck driving.
Horoscope outlook: If you drive a red car … you will not (repeat NOT) automatically pay more for car insurance.
That’s right. We at Esurance are happy to put that false, chromatic-based cliché to bed in our insight exposing the myth that red cars cost more to insure.
Third most popular car color: silver
Popularity: Used by 16 percent of population.
Driver indications: Self-assured, unfailing, calm, almost aloof
Our take: The silver lining to sitting through all this psychology? Your car still looks so cool
Horoscope outlook: If you drive a silver car … an amazing opportunity will soon arise, er, maybe already has (depending on how much you’re valuing the opportunity to read this right now).
Second most popular car color: black
Popularity: Used by 19 percent of population.
Driver indications: Emotionally steady, elegant
Our take: As is standing policy at Esurance, if it’s good enough for Batman, it’s aces in our book.
Horoscope outlook: If you drive a black car with vanity plates and you parked in the back lot … your lights are on.
Most popular car color: white
Popularity: Used by 21 percent of population.
Driver indications: Fairly confident, slightly moody, resilient/bordering-on-unbreakable (the sheer number of car washings alone!)
Our take: Classic and simple, hard to beat.
Horoscope outlook: If you drive a white car … someone will soon contact you (I’m sensing it will be with “wash me” on your back windshield).