What car colors attract the most bird poop? Find out here

June 23, 2012 by: Rituraj Mishra

Bird Poop

So many times, when you are about to start your car, your eyes gaze upon the little gifts birds have left for you. That is crash and boom moment, a painful scar on your car. Looks like a research conducted by online retailer Halfords might provide you some insight into why yours?

1,140 cars were used for the research of different colors from areas like Brighton, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Bristol. From the study it was concluded that the safest car color to own is Green, as only 1 percent of green cars were visited by the birds.

If you have a phobia of bird droppings on your car, then probably you would like to avoid going for red color car as it is the favorite color of birds for using loo. Red is leading the pack of getting bird droppings at 18 percent while the next worst is blue that racked up 14%. Here is a summary of how other cars fared in getting bird droppings, black 11 per cent, white 7 per cent, grey/silver 3 per cent.

The research has tried to emphasize on the fact that these droppings should be cleaned as early as possible because of their degrading effect on the car body.

Halfords car cleaning expert David Howells said: “This research does have a serious side because the problem annoys drivers, causes damaged paintwork and affects the value of vehicles. To protect your bodywork from damage, droppings should be carefully cleaned off as soon as possible.”

This is a concern , as when asked only 17% of them admitted to go for cleaning the dropping immediately, 20% took their time and did it in a couple of days while 55% of them waited for the next carwash. The remaining 8 percent either never did it or waited for someone to get it done for them.

This may not seem to be the most dangerous things in automobile industry; insurance industry says that about $57 million is spent by motorists to get rid of these stains caused by droppings. Now this is some costly shit.

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Bright red cars attract more bird droppings than vehicles of any other colour, according research from Halfords.

A study recorded the frequency that birds left their mark on cars in five cities around the UK, and found crimson motors were targeted the most.

Green cars were found to suffer least, followed by silver, while white vehicles escaped more often than black in the analysis of 1,140 cars in Brighton, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Bristol over two consecutive days, to see whether colour made a difference to birds.

During the study, drivers were also asked how quickly they removed droppings from their cars. Only 17 per cent, one in six, said they wiped off deposits immediately when they saw them, 20 per cent said they took action “within a couple of days” while 55 per cent waited until the next car wash. The remaining 8 per cent never washed their cars or left it to others to organise.

As well as being unsightly, insurance industry figures show bird droppings on vehicles can be an expensive problem and estimate the damage caused by bird-poop-stained paintwork costs motorists ?57m a year in unnecessary repairs.

Halfords car cleaning expert David Howells said: “This research does have a serious side because the problem annoys drivers, causes damaged paintwork and affects the value of vehicles. To protect your bodywork from damage, droppings should be carefully cleaned off as soon as possible.”

Theories abound on motoring and social networking websites as to why birds are attracted to pooping on some cars more than others. A Lexus driver reckoned newly polished cars suffer because birds see a reflection of themselves. A Ford Focus owner agreed and said the darker the colour the deeper the reflection and the more violent the reaction. An Alfa Romeo owner said it depends where you park and a Mercedes driver said blue was the worst as it reminded birds of water.

Others thought birds saw red as a danger or birds went for similar colours to their own plumage, such as in seaside resorts seagulls went for white cars, while in cities pigeons go for grey.

The Halfords study found little difference between cities and the seaside in the colours that specific species of birds apparently aim for.

Researchers who compiled the results found 18 per cent of red cars were marked with droppings, blue 14 per cent, black 11 per cent, white 7 per cent, grey/silver 3 per cent, and green 1 per cent.

Leading car polish experts Autoglym said the damage to vehicle paintwork arose not from the acid or alkali in bird faeces, but from paint lacquer softening and expanding to form an uneven mould around the dropping which produced a dull patch. Grainier textures from seed eating birds produced the most blemishes, so pigeons are worse for motorists than seagulls.

Autoglym says that bird dropping damage can only be prevented by owners removing the poop as soon as possible.

The British Trust for Ornithology was more circumspect on the role of colour in the “drop zone” for birds. “We do know that birds can be attracted to certain colours during display but it [droppings on cars] is probably more to do with where you park; if you park where birds roost, then you are going to get more droppings on your vehicle,” said a spokesman.

Notes to Editors:

Halfords study carried out in June 2012 on 1,140 cars in Brighton, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Bristol.

Advice on removing bird deposits from vehicles

1. Remove at the earliest opportunity

2. A moist cloth should be used – Autoglym Bird Dropping Wipes are ideal – to gently lift the deposit from the vehicle surface.

3. If the deposit is dry or doesn’t lift easily, place a moist cloth over it for ten minutes to soften the deposit

4. Dispose of any cloth or wipe used to remove bird droppings immediately and carefully wash your hands, as bird lime can harbour diseases

Source: Autoblog Via Halfords

Photo credit: Flickr

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