WATERCOOLER: Black cars are dangerous and should be banned
BLACK cars should be banned from the road.
We focus so much on the dangers of people driving while texting, putting make-up on and drink-driving and yet government regulators pay scant attention to one of the big dangers on the roads.
And that is people's choice to drive a dark-coloured car.
A study by Monash University in 2013 found black cars were 47% more likely to be involved in crashes.
That's a massive statistic.
Yet I've never heard of any calls from the RACQ or any body demanding something is done about this.
I know you might think black's cool. In that case, wear black clothes when you drive.
But you shouldn't be putting the rest of us at risk because of your choice to drive a dark-coloured car.
Do you have an issue with black cars?
This poll ended on 31 August 2015.
Yes, they are hard to see on the roads
No, it's the skill of the driver, not the colour of the car that matters
Who cares, it makes no difference on road safety
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Others have no choice but to buy black because it's the only colour of their model in stock - and that's a shame on the car companies.
I was on the road last week, making a difficult turn into busy David Low Way in drizzly, grey weather.
I was about to turn into the road, thinking it was clear, when I spotted the black car racing towards me.
I hadn't seen it before, it melded with the road and the skyline and it didn't have its light on.
It's not the first time I have struggled to notice darker cars as they weave across traffic.
And yes, I have excellent eyesight.
Something as important and as dangerous as driving shouldn't be left to something as whimsical as colour choice.
If you're going to drive a black car, or a dark grey, you should have to drive with your lights on or have neon bits to make yourself more visible.
What do you think? Should black or dark coloured cars be banned on our roads? Join our daily watercooler conversation by leaving your comments below and voting in our network wide poll.