Hazardous Journey

Car colour and risk of car crash injury: population based case control study

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7429.1455 (Published 18 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1455

A silver machine…

Perhaps the observation made in this article: “we found a significant
reduction in the risk of serious injury in silver cars compared with white
cars…silver cars were about 50% less likely to be involved in a crash
resulting in serious injury than white cars…[therefore] increasing the
proportion of silver cars could be an effective passive strategy to reduce
the burden of injury from car crashes,” [1] can be used to explain this
now rather dated 1970s song lyric:

“I, I just took a ride, in a silver machine

And I'm still feeling mean.

Do you wanna ride, see yourself going by.

The other side of the sky,

I got a silver machine…

I’ve got a silver machine.” [2]


[1] S Furness, J Connor, E Robinson, R Norton, S Ameratunga, and R
Jackson, Car colour and risk of car crash injury: population based case
control study, BMJ, Dec 2003; 327: 1455-1456.

[2] Hawkwind, Song, Silver machine, 1972-3

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 January 2004
Peter Morrell
Hon Research Associate, History of Medicine,
Staffordshire University, UK