St. Louis Car Accident Attorney Discusses Listening to Music While Driving

by Christopher Hoffmann on Jul. 29, 2016

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Summary: A recent study suggests certain types of music may impact driving behaviors more than others.

Can listening to music while driving increase the risk of a car accident?

The first thing many drivers do after they start their vehicle is put on some music. However, not many drivers realize that listening to music while driving can have a negative impact on their driving habits. A study was conducted in England to determine just how music impacts driving habits, especially in relation to aggressive behavior, speeding, and recklessness. In this post, our St. Louis car accident attorney will discuss the results of this study.

Findings of the study

As we said, the study was conducted to determine if music affected driving habits. The study was sponsored by an insurance website. For the purpose of study, four men and women were made to drive 500 miles each. The driver was instructed to drive in complete silence for the first 250 miles, and for the last 250 miles of the trip, the drivers listened to various types of music.

While the drivers listened to music, the researchers monitored and tracked factors such as acceleration, braking habits, speed, and other driving behaviors. Video was also taken of each driver, which was then assessed by psychologists for interpretation. It was concluded that different types of music impacted the driver’s behavior. Rock music and hip hop seemed most dangerous when it comes to affecting driving abilities.

The psychologist who analyzed the video footage found that the music that is upbeat or noisy increases the heart rate. When the heart rate increases, excitement also increases, and you tend to concentrate more on the music than on the road ahead.

It was also found that if the drivers are forced to listen to music that they do not like, they tend to get stressed, and this stress has a negative impact on their driving abilities.

While the study has made some interesting revelations, the results can by no means be used to reflect the behavior of society as a whole, because the sample size is too small. However, we cannot deny the fact that listening to music that excites can definitely have an adverse effect on the person’s driving habits. So, while driving, it may be a good idea to avoid music that can negatively affect your ability to drive safely.

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