Studies have recently shown that teenage drivers who have their favorite music playing while they’re driving obtained more traffic violations than a teenage driver who had either light background music or no music at all playing while they were driving.
Researchers at a college in the state of Massachusetts recruited approximately 50 drivers, half of whom were male and half of whom were female and aged 16 years old. Each driver was then challenged to make four road trips, each one lasting only half an hour. Every driver was accompanied by a licensed driving instructor. For one of the trips, the drivers were permitted to play their own choice of music, most of which was fast-paced in nature, while one other trip saw the driving instructors playing their own brand of music, which was mostly light jazz, soft rock, etc.
There was no music played for the other half of the road trips. In each car, data recorders made record of the drivers’ behaviors and all errors that they made. Furthermore, each driver was asked to rate the overall mood that they were in during all of the trips.
Results of Car Music Study
In one or more of the four road trips that were conducted, all 50 drivers were found to have committed at least two different errors. In addition, 30 of these drivers were found to have resorted to using steering or braking in order to prevent an accident from happening, while the remaining 20 drivers simply received verbal warnings.
When the drivers listened to their own music, approximately 45% of them made some sort of error as opposed to the 40% who made errors when listening to no music. In terms of listening to the music provided by the driving instructors, only 15% of the drivers made any errors. Some of the most common violations committed included the following:
*Following too closely
*Inappropriate lane use
During this study, the male drivers were found to have made more violations and were much more aggressive than the female drivers. Furthermore, when the drivers were listening to their own music, it was played at a much higher level than the music that was selected by the driving instructor. In addition, the mood rating was recorded to be higher on the trips in which the music selected by the driver was played.
The result of this is music can have an impact on your driving ability as well as the environment around you. Young drivers are not only impacted their health, but also the health and safety of the people around them. Young teenagers believe that with a new car comes certain privileges, and why that is true in some respects, it is not necessary to go out and buy the flashiest car stereo head unit that has multiple settings and engagement opportunities that will likely distract the driver. A simple car with good safety features is plenty.