Why Car Tires Are Black And Some Little-Known Car Facts
Why Car Tires Are Black And Some Little-Known Car Facts

Driving down the road, my wheels started turning,
I thought … over 17 million cars are sold every year, in every color imaginable … so,
why are the tires always black? Is it to match the road?
For that matter, why make the roads black? Why not pink or green? The first roads were
dirt paths (brown). When these got muddy and impassable, people paved them —with gold!
Gold straw that is—creating history’s first road food! (if you were a horse). Later,
pavement included shells, pebbles, and cobble stones. You can still find cobbled streets
today—blue ones in Puerto Rico and goldish brown or amber in New York’s lower Manhattan.
Why swap such beautiful colors for monotonous black? To go with the tires?
Today’s roads are usually made with a combination of asphalt, bitumen, and other petroleum products
—a durable mixture that melts easily and spreads smoothly across a road’s surface.
And …it’s naturally very dark. You can make asphalt colorful, but it’s expensive!
And it’s just going to get dirty. Why not save that money to plant flowers in the divider?
… you know, for color. Still, the roads in Texas are sometimes a
kind of clay red. That’s no accident: it’s because those roads are made of aggregate—or
crushed up and mashed together—rock. And the rocks in Texas are kind of red (maybe
they’re sunburned). I couldn’t find a pink road anywhere, but if you know one —mention
it in the comments! Ok, that explains black roads, but what’s
with all the black tires? After all, wheels weren’t always black. Chariot wheels could
be shiny bronze. And donkey carts and covered wagons had wooden wheels—sometimes painted!
The first tires were actually made of leather—they smoothed the ride, but—unlike black leather
jackets (which never go out of style and last forever) — leather tires were undyed and
wore out quickly. If you’ve ever bumpety-bumped along in a
vehicle with wooden wheels, you get why we use rubber tires. When you get to the bottom
of it, the shock absorption of rubber is a huge improvement! But the rubber on those
tires is naturally white! So, why are the tires black?
I mean, we let the axle retain its natural silvery color. Probably, because axles need
to be strong and you don’t make anyone nervous by implying that your axle is anything other
than steel. But why is it called an axle when it isn’t an axe? You don’t cut down trees
with your car. Axle comes from the Latin root, “axis” and it means pivot or line.
But, it doesn’t take a Latin road scholar to notice that some tires have white walls—where
the natural rubber color is left alone, or even brightened up, with zinc oxide. In fact,
bright white was once standard for the whole tire—that’s why chauffeurs in old movies
are constantly polishing them: imagine trying to keep white tires clean! But camouflaging
dirt is not the reason manufacturers started adding the chemical compound, “Carbon Black,”
to their product. So why travel to opposite end of the color spectrum all the way to black?
We paint the bodies of cars, but usually one solid color. Boooriiing! Older cars were often
two toned. And I could go for a nice plaid or leopard print. Why not stripes? Early car
manufacturer, Henry Ford set the standard when he said: “Any customer can have a car
painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.” Are you “tired” of all this tire talk?
No? Okay, let’s continue… Exposed to the wind, rain, snow, mud, and
the occasional collision, car paint undergoes lots of wear and tear. That’s why Henry
Ford developed a super-tough, asphalt-based, paint that could really take the road. We
know asphalt is tough, but it’s also expensive. All car paint is. Depending on factors like
rust and chips, repainting a car in the US can range anywhere from $300 to over $3,000.
You can make colored asphalt; colorful cars bloomed all through the 1920’s but light
and bright colors made the paint even more expensive! When the stock market crashed,
people went back to depressing—I mean durable! Economical! —colors.
Today, the most common car colors are neutrals. But —if you like money—invest in a yellow
car. Not only will its cheery color keep you on the Bright Side of life, yellow cars have
a higher resale value than their dour mates. I’m no economist, but it has to do with
supply and demand — there are fewer yellow cars on the market, so lemon-lovers have to
ante up. You will see colorful advertisements painted
on trucks… but that’s because ads aren’t meant to last, and if they work, they pay
for themselves. Otherwise, patterns are cost-prohibitive. But, wouldn’t it be great to see art on
every car? Instead of going to museums … our highways, could become “Moving see ‘ems”
(OK … if you can come up with a better name—leave it in the comments.)
But looking at yellows, and neutrals, and fancy ads, I wonder … maybe tires are black
because black goes with everything? Accidents happen … why tempt fate with tires that
clash? Tires do have a lot of safety features: no-slip
tread prevents skidding, snow-tires prevent sledding, and run-flat tires let you drive
to repair shop after you drive over a spike. And colors are traffic safety features. Orange
cones, red fire trucks, the stripes of a cross walk … There’s a long list of colors on
the road chosen to catch your eye and help you avoid hazards. But the black of your tires
isn’t one of them. You know what is in some tires for safety?
Walnut shells! It sounds nutty, but walnut shells are super-strong, and their “micro
bits” help tires grip slippery roads! Maybe they could use the inside of the walnut too.
Peanut-butter sticks to the roof of your mouth, would walnut-butter stick to the road? But…
shouldn’t that make the tires nut-colored? Why stick with black?
Goodyear asked the same question. In the 1950’s Goodyear developed tires in many shades to
match your car. They even suggested you might want to change tires regularly to match your
fancy evening dress! (Of course, you should wait to put on that lime green chiffon number
until after you changed the tire!) They also developed tires made of translucent material
with lights inside. They glowed down the road! Cool! Why weren’t they a hit?
Two problems. First, like the white tires, they got dirty really quickly. And second…
you got it, Bright Sider—money! The look of these tires was not just short lasting;
it was expensive. Bad combo. Tonight, you might see some lighted tire rims
(the metal part of the wheel that shows). White, yellow, pink, or green—light-up rims
have glow-in-the dark stickers or LED lights, but check your local regulations before you
buy them: light-up rims can be the opposite of safe, and not legal in places that have
deemed them a distraction. Speaking of distractions, the world’s biggest
tire is also black: it started life as Ferris Wheel at the New York World’s Fair in 1964!
Today, it sits on the side of Highway I-94, in Detroit (The Motor City). Weighing 12-tons,
and standing 80 feet tall, it’s difficult to miss. (If you do, maybe you shouldn’t
be driving.) Paradoxically, the world’s biggest tire
manufacturer, calculating by units created, makes the tiniest tires. Lego makes tires
with diameters just over a ½ inch and they produce about 318 million tires a year! Making
Lego the “Biggest” tire producer! And yes … these teeny tires are black … to
look like the real thing. Black is chic. Maybe manufacturers would add
dye to tires if they weren’t black already. But they don’t have to. The compound Carbon
Black does the trick and it’s there, not to please Goth drivers (although that’s
nice too), but because Carbon Black makes the tire stronger— and more likely to get
you to your destination. I hope all the tire talk didn’t leave you
flat. Ha get it? Hey, if you learned something new today, then
give the video a like and share it with a friend! And here are some other cool videos
I think you’ll enjoy. Just click to the left or right, and stay on the Bright Side of life!

100 thoughts on “Why Car Tires Are Black And Some Little-Known Car Facts”

  1. Raaj Kapoor Singh says:

    ok my dear 😁

  2. L W says:

    This was a pretty interesting & boring video Thank You Not!!!😁😕😠😵😑😏

  3. Himanshu singh says:

    Tyres are carbon black because it is an excellent UV block to resist photochemical degradation of the rubber matrix

  4. Νατάσα Στ. says:

    Cause they match with every color?..dah! 🙄😁

  5. Anime World says:

    and likes the comment

  6. Hassan Mahone says:

    Who else loves BRIGHT SIDE


    I’m gifting my Next 100 subs🌟😍

  7. Punisher Lee says:

    He said pink, but it's purple

  8. michael hdhsjdjdirjdkdjcjdkdjfjejf says:

    Next video: several ways we can save our ocean

  9. ELLE says:

    The answer is at 8:00! Your welcome😊

  10. Human being: 6472 says:

    No mention of heat?

  11. George Madramootoo says:

    Your breath must stinks, talks too much

  12. Jeff Daniels says:

    You finally get the answer around 8:24.

  13. pizzeria show says:

    Pink road

  14. Muzammil S says:

    Interesting fact there about the Yellow colour. Yellow colour pleases the people as Quran also talks about this colour in the story of Murdered Israeli man” in chapter 2 ……Verse 68. They said, "Call upon your Lord for us that He may make plain to us what it is!'' He said, "He says, `Verily, it is a cow neither too old nor too young, but (it is) between the two conditions', so do what you are commanded.'') (69. They said, "Call upon your Lord for us to make plain to us its colour.'' He said, "He says, `It is a yellow cow, bright in its colour, pleasing the beholders.' '') (70. They said, "Call upon your Lord for us to make plain to us what it is. Verily, to us all cows are alike. And surely, if Allah wills, we will be guided.'') (71. He (Musa) said, "He says, `It is a cow neither trained to till the soil nor water the fields, sound, having no blemish in it.' '' They said, "Now you have brought the truth.'' So they slaughtered it though they were near to not doing it.)

  15. DjJochielnegro Severino says:

    The country that you said was Puerto Rico are Dominican Republic 🇩🇴 and Haiti 🇭🇹

  16. Vaske bjørn says:

    Somewhere in sweden

  17. kengoro says:

    Why car tires are black?

    Because they gonna become black anyways :'(


    did you know humans can breath ? more clickbaits pls

  19. Prabal Hayden says:

    Come on. You explained that in a earlier video stop doing this for views

  20. B N J says:

    what is up with bright side the reason why things have particular colors

  21. Sailesh Thapa says:

    What if earth don’t rotate for a day??????

  22. Nuno Carneiro says:

    pink road in lisbon , do your research , it is all over insta

  23. Jayy98 says:

    This video takes forever to answer a simple question. I’ll answer it for you.

    Why are they black? it can be a safety hazard, expensive, & makes it “stronger”. After driving for a long time they get dirty too so they’ll turn black eventually.

    Your welcome.

  24. mazin yousef says:


  25. Ravi Sheoran says:

    Yellow colour road in NARWANA (JIND) (HARYANA) INDIA

  26. Scorpion Stings says:

    If somebody put red paint on my tires
    ME – Why are my tires red
    but Bright Side – WHY ARE YOUR TIRES BLACK………..???????

  27. Sharoon Gaming says:

    Who are watching this video
    Because of boreness

  28. Nidhish Shetty says:

    So why exactly tires are black ???

  29. TheTimeTraveler2025 says:

    Rainbow road in Atlanta for the confused people.

  30. Hannah Dowell says:

    I live in Texas and all our roads look the same as any other state I have been to. 🤔

  31. Aisarabizationhavekop says:


  32. Aisarabizationhavekop says:


  33. Mitch Coleman says:

    How about a Car Color Collage??

  34. Amy Thompson says:

    Did someone forget their ADD meds before they wrote the script for this video? It bounces around so much a person could get carsick. (Yes, I said that. You're welcome. 😋)

  35. FB Cloud says:

    Another name for moving-seum : highzeeum
    Like if looks correct

  36. jesusloaizam says:

    My dad doesn't have a home button on hes iPhone X isaw you're video i liked it

  37. FB Cloud says:

    Owners of Bright side & 5 Minute Craft is same .
    If you know ,

  38. Peter Roa says:

    If I saw a giant head above the building, area 51 is to blame🤔

  39. Darksyde Rivals says:



  40. Jakob 360 HD says:

    Hey bright side I’m just wondering what is your name I mean your announcer name of always wonderful you are very funny and I like I like it when you post I have a video idea I’ll tell you in the next comment this is getting too long love you bright side or’s in people that make flights are a great channel stay on the bright side of life

  41. Nitant Patil says:

    Stop over extending the answer it is really annoying make me wana close the video

  42. Lepidz says:

    Is something wrong with black? huh

  43. vuyi sekga says:

    What about MuViewum 😏

  44. Kian Bahrami says:

    He posted this video at 3 am

  45. steel k9 says:

    STOP IT get some help and stop milking.

  46. Meshach Joseph says:

    The tune👍🏽

  47. The Yanez Squad says:

    I have seen a yellow one and ik ik it was panted. Btw your my favorite sciencey youtuber :3

  48. دعوا که نداریم says:


  49. Nicky Mitchell says:

    Did you know, when I was 14-15years old, I imagined US roads being bright dazzle rainbow coloured. This was on a planet I titled Totaliz!

  50. Kanchan Bhonde says:

    Pls do face reveal pls

    Who wanna have face reveal
    Then like

  51. Louie Bee says:

    One more like this and I'm unsubscribing

  52. Mine Shafters says:

    Nobody :

    Literally Nobody :

    Brightside every 2 or 3 hours : Uploads Video

  53. Callum Milner says:

    A Viseodrome could be a moving museum

  54. ken de guzman says:

    Black tires matters!

  55. DNF King says:

    I’ve lived in Michigan for 18 years and I never knew there was a giant tire on the side of the highway

  56. Nancy Mac-Intosh says:


  57. Rekuzan Rikudo says:

    Asphalt retains heat better, concrete has better traction when wet. That's why roads in LA are concrete, but the roads up in the mountains are asphalt.

  58. anurag Rag says:

    Watch from 6.30 you can get it
    Wastage of time

  59. ordnajelA areliugA says:

    Get to the point 😡

  60. Savage Poet says:

    "Why Car Tires Are Black"? Because even car tire lives matter

  61. Jake 727 says:

    Because black absorb heat much faster than others ?

  62. fumanchu168 says:

    why the tire is black again?

  63. Mariana Makram says:

    We have tires that’s pink and it’s permanent so I can come off

  64. Super_ Jack says:


  65. HyperClaw875513 says:

    Car: warning tire pressure low

  66. David J Freeman says:

    My aunt had a yellow car. It was so much easier to find in the car park

  67. BRIGHT SIDE says:

    Have you ever seen a colorful road?

  68. yorusuyasoul says:

    Trump join the chat

  69. Donald Rivers says:

    No I haven’t

  70. True Gamer809 says:

    The one the country the you point was Dominican republic not Puerto Rico

  71. The Ultimate 3 says:

    show your face plz

  72. God Slayer says:

    Luv it bids

  73. God Slayer says:

    Luv ur vids

  74. ii FraZz says:

    Whole video of USELESS talking 😑

  75. Planned coast91 says:

    Wow this is a lot of fillers….
    In case if you're wondering just skip ahead to 8:10 for the real answer

  76. New User says:

    Synopsis: Black will hide dirt, cheaper than colouring (it'll turn black eventually due to dirt).

  77. Jamal Warren says:

    “You don’t cut down trees with your car”

    Wanna bet

  78. panda Face says:

    they pointed dominican republic but said Perto Rico

  79. Kiriki Shinigami says:

    291 comment

  80. Jason Irelan says:

    The roads in Florida where I live are light grey not black.

  81. Adrian Pena says:

    Next vid: why we get so much subs

  82. vincent carrella says:

    So….why are car tires black?

  83. Veronica Olivares says:

    Bright side: rOaDs iN tExAs aRe rEd

    Me: I live in Texas the roads are not red 😒

  84. Elysium Rod says:


  85. NitroSpider VIlluminati says:

    Next video: my thoughts on pink horses

  86. XEpicOneX says:

    The reason tyres are black is so we can pop some smoke then see the skids after.

  87. Catfish Hunter says:

    I found a yellow brick road!

  88. lngbrdninjamasta says:

    Goth approved

  89. CARL F TRIETCH says:

    There are some streets on the south side of St Petersburg Fl that are referred to as pink streets.

  90. Roblox StopMotion says:


  91. mesmaayan says:

    It took 8 minutes and 21 seconds out of 8:46 to FINALLY start telling us the why to the posted question.

    And it’s the saaaaaaame thing with ALL of their videos. Geesh!

  92. Tony says:

    Alot of un needed stories
    Hit the nail on the head at first go !

  93. Md Zaman says:

    It’s black because it’s black,iam white because iam white

  94. MONSTER GAMING says:

    Wow im impressed of u bright side you smart man!

  95. Dieula Exile says:

    For the same reasons that toilet papers, diapers are white

  96. Kris Nicholson says:

    Still none the wiser.. They're black to make them uv resistant 🤦🏼‍♂️

  97. Andrew Waylon Conroy says:

    Why tires are black? I got a better question: Why can't cars these days fly or transform into a robot?

  98. Newo Tacis says:

    Maroon colour roads in Qatar

  99. Ona Jarmantavičienė says:

    Į can name museum in road The carseum

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