We all know that using a mobile phone while driving is a recipe for disaster — but not everyone knows that listening to music in the car can also cause accidents down the road.
This is especially true for those who get really involved with music while driving, snapping fingers, bopping up and down in the seat and singing along. This may seem like harmless fun, but a new study says music — especially the songs you really love — is a dangerous driving distraction.
And it is not just fiddling with the controls that destroy your ability to stay focused. The music itself can divert your attention away from the road.
AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE STUDY
The researchers from the study, which was published in the October issue of Accident Analysis and Prevention, observed 85 young drivers and tested the effect of listening to music on the number of driving errors. The group of participants also drove with ‘safe’ music and no music at all.
The participants drove for 40 minutes with an instructor who made a note of their mistakes.
THE SHOCKING RESULTS
According to the results, the drivers played their favourite music louder than the safe music. They also said they have a better mood when listening to their favourite music as compared to the other two conditions.
Almost one-third of the participants, however, received a verbal warning from the driving instructor. About 20 percent of them had to take emergency manoeuvres as well to prevent accidents. Some mistakes include speeding, dangerously changing lanes, tailgating, and holding the steering wheel with one hand.
SOME TIPS TO PREVENT CAR ACCIDENTS
With the results, experts recommend drivers to stay focused, and turn down the volume of the music. At Nova Smash Repairs, we also provide the following tips to decrease your risk of vehicular accidents:
- Avoid the fast lane.
- Know your car’s limits.
- Keep your vehicle in good shape.
In case you meet an unfortunate accident down the road, we offer accident management services, helping you with your claim from start to finish. This will save you time and ensure you get the best outcome.
Call Nova Smash Repairs today for more information about our services.