Music and Driving
While it may be one of the most useful skills you can possess, driving is not always the most exciting thing to do. There are certain types of drives, such as ones that take you along twisting, turning country roads that can be fun and interesting, but for the long, straight motorway journeys, you need something that can brighten up your trip. Music is the perfect solution for this issue, as it can bring enjoyment to those long, tedious drives. But what are the other things to consider when listening to music behind the wheel?
It may help to listen to upbeat songs whilst you are driving. This is particularly helpful on long drives, as it helps keep your brain active, although it is important that you do not let the music affect your driving. Listening to music at excessive volumes can be very distracting and thus present a danger to you, other road users and pedestrians, so ensure that your music is at a reasonable volume at all times.
Studies have shown that listening to fast music, such as dance or techno can have a somewhat negative effect on drivers, particularly those who have just passed their test. The speed of their music can lead them to make more mistakes, and although these mistakes may seem small, they can often lead to devastating consequences, especially on busy roads.
A study commissioned by insurance website quotemehappy.com found that listening to music associated with happy memories can increase positivity and mood, meaning that mistakes are less likely to happen than if a song with negative associations was playing. On the other hand, listening to music that contains lyrics, or music that you are not familiar with or do not like can increase distraction levels and heighten the risk of mistakes.
So while listening to your favourite songs can be fun and enjoyable whilst you’re on the road, it can also be very distracting. Listening to loud, fast music can increase driver aggression, even subconsciously, so be very careful with your music selection when you’re behind the wheel.
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