Turns out “listening” to driver selected music has been linked to speeding, following to close, and a host of other “serious” driver infractions according to a new study to be published in the October 2013 Accident Analysis & Prevention Journal.
The study conducted by Warren Brodsky and Zack Slor at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel analyzed the driving safety of 85 young novice drivers under three different listening scenarios - their own driver-selected playlist, a playlist that was made up of easy-listening “designed to generate moderate levels of perceptual complexity,” and no music.
Music selected by the drivers produced “the most frequent severe driver miscalculations and inaccuracies, violations, and aggressive driving.” Whereas, the easy-listening music “improved driver behavior and increased driver safety.”
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