Why are School Buses yellow?
Well, guess what, School Buses aren’t actually true yellow. They are more of a yellow-orange. Think Yellow like a lemon. Orange like an orange. In the US, school bus color is a mixture of lemon yellow and orange, more like the color of the fruit of a mango.
Why do we still refer to a school bus as yellow?
Back in the 1930’s in the U.S., school buses were pure yellow. Thus, the term “school bus yellow” came into the English language.
“Father of the yellow school bus” Frank W. Cyr, a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, became known as the for research he led in the 1930s. He traveled the country, surveying pupil transportation, “They wanted a color that would stand out, that other drivers could see from a distance and that would be identified with a school bus so whenever we saw it, we’d think, there’s a group of kids going someplace,” said Frank Cyr’s son, William. “Before that, they sent kids to school in anything.” Buses, trucks and even horse-drawn wagons carried schoolchildren in those days.
Yellow (and the yellow family of colors) gets your attention faster than any other color. People notice yellow objects first.
Even when you are looking straight ahead, you can see a yellow object that is not in front of you “in the corners of your eyes” much sooner than any other color even red. Scientists describe this as follows: “Lateral peripheral vision for detecting yellows is 1.24 times greater than for red.”
Many experts also point out that colors such as yellow or greenish-yellow are more visible to the human eye under dimmer conditions compared to red.
If there’s fog or any kind of bad weather, drivers will still be able to see yellow cars and any moving vehicle fairly well, color matters reports.
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Credit to: www.colormatters.com and https://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/why-are-school-buses-yellow-a-teachers-college-professor-said-so/