Bird puts deposit down on red car

Posted by: Cal on 28/06/2013

Category: General

If you've got a red car, you could be in the crosshairs of a flying squadron of winged devils with a payload of dirty bombs.

We're talking, of course, about being the victim of bird droppings.

A recent study by UK retailer Halfords has answered the question so many of us have been pondering for years now: what colour car gets pooped on the most?

And for those red car drivers out there, the news is not good!

More than 1,100 cars were studied over a two-day period across five cities in the UK to find out whether certain colours copped more 'flak' than others.

It was found that red and crimson vehicles were targeted the most by birds, while green cars came off the best, with the least number of 'impacts'.

For a more binary view of things, researchers discovered that white vehicles escaped terror from above more than black ones - as if it wasn't bad enough that 'presents' from our winged friends often stand out more on darker coloured vehicles.

An important discovery for the annals of humankind, for sure, but Halfords car cleaning expert David Howells pointed out that regardless of the results of the study, it was a subject area flush with meaning for motorists.

"This research does have a serious side because the problem annoys drivers, causes damaged paintwork and affects the value of vehicles," said Mr Howells in a statement.

"To protect your bodywork from damage, droppings should be carefully cleaned off as soon as possible."

That is sound advice, but how many people actually follow it? According to the study, just 17 per cent of drivers wipe off fresh bird 'deposits' when they first see them.

Twenty per cent did so within a few days, while more than half (55 per cent) said they simply waited until the next time they washed the car.

While we don't doubt the veracity of these survey results - we love a good car comparison as much as a good tyre comparison - the matter of a scientific link between red cars and bird dropping habits is perhaps not as solid as some may wish to proclaim.

A spokesperson for the British Trust for Ornithology took a break from birdwatching to provide an official perspective on the matter, included in Halford's media release.

"We do know that birds can be attracted to certain colours during display but it 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 vehicles," said the spokesperson.