Friday, August 23, 2013

Type of music affects driving safety

When a car is "bumpin'," do you ever wonder if this will affect safety?

Ann Lukits writes about this in the WSJ--Aug 20, 2013.

An article in the Oct issue of Accident Analysis and Prevention said teens who played their own music had more traffic violations than those who listened to music selected by the researchers or to no music at all.

The study was done in Israel, 85 drivers around 18 years old, half male and half female, drove six challenging road trips of 40 mins in length. An instructor went along.

On two trips, they played their own selections--usually fast-paced vocals. On two more, they had easy-listening. And on the last two trips--silence.

In-car data recorders charted errors--and the participants were asked how they felt.

All 85 kids committed at least three errors in one or more of the trips. Seventeen of these required the instructor to brake or steer for them.

When the music was their own, 98% made errors. During the safe-driving music, 77%. But in the silence, 92% made errors.

More males made errors and more serious ones than the females. In playing their own music, they cranked up the volume.

Self-reported mood was better when it was their own music.

Conclusion? Yes, that blaring car might hit you or make a bad lane change.

But the researchers said with the unfamiliar cars, the instructors right there, this was probably the best driving the kids could do.

Yuh-oh.

I doubt you will get kids to put in an elevator music tape when they get in the car. They still sell Lawrence Welk, right?

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