It is understandable that on a lengthy journey, or perhaps even a short one, a driver or passenger might want to turn on the radio or listen to a CD or mp3 device through the car's speakers.
However, past research has shown that listening to tunes while driving could put a motorist at risk of causing a road accident which may result in personal injury and the need for a car accident claim to be made.
It is unlikely that listening to the gentle sounds of Classic FM will put a driver in danger of having a car crash, but those who have their stereos cranked up to the highest volume and blast out big base tunes could be putting themselves and other road users around them at risk.
According to research conducted by the RAC Foundation, drivers who listen to loud music with a fast beat were twice as likely to jump a red light and also twice as likely to have a car accident.
As in-car music systems get louder, more sophisticated, and more affordable, vehicles booming to the beat of pop, rock or reggae are becoming all the more commonplace despite the risk of causing a crash and of course the risk to hearing.
Any individual exposed to noise levels of more than 85dB for eight or more hours of the day can expect to sustain noise-induced hearing loss. Worryingly, the study also revealed that a regular car stereo can produce 100dB. This may be particularly worrying news for delivery drivers who could be listening to music while they work for much of the day.
Another study on loud music, conducted by researchers at the Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2004, showed that people's reaction times could be slowed by up to 20% just through exposure to high volume tunes.
Following the release of the findings, Edmund King, Executive Director of the RAC Foundation issued some advice to UK drivers. He stated, "We would ask motorists to be responsible when driving and not put lives at risk for the sake of blasting out the latest tunes.
"Although the decrease in reaction time from playing loud music translates into mere fractions of a second, on the UK's busy roads, this reduction could mean the difference between a hit or a miss."
Playing loud music can not only cause a distraction to the driver of the vehicle, but to other road users in the surrounding area. Turning down stereo volume should not only ensure the driver of the vehicle is not distracted by music, but that they don't cause serious personal injury to others by causing them to become distracted.
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